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By the time the last howitzer fell silent on the western front in 1945, there would be altogether 27 Germans honored with the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds and just one who won it with golden oak leaves, Oberst Kurt Strassner. At the time he won the award, the ace was just 25 and his rank and honor came long before the tide of the war turned against the Nazis, well before the high command began the practice of desperately awarding medals and promotions in order to shore up morale. ………

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