✠ SS-Brigadeführer Kurt "Panzer" Meyer. Iron Cross 2nd class: September 20, 1939 Iron Cross 1st class: June 8, 1940 German Cross in Gold: February 8, 1942 Knight's Cross: May 18, 1941 SS-Sturmbannführer in Greek battles. Oak Leaves: May 23, 1943 and with Swords August 1944. In the fight with Russia, Meyer was a leader and a role model, he was tough with himself and with his men. A highly effective and respected commander.