Lt. (Olt.) Wilhelm Bartelborth

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Lt. (Olt.) Wilhelm Bartelborth

Post by ubibene » 04 Jan 2017 11:49

He was the commander of Panther Ausf. A, which was destroyed by M-26 Pershing at the cathedral in Cologne in April 1945.
But he had succeded in escaping with 3 of his crew from his panzer in last moment.
Is there anyone, who knows his life/fate after this battle?
Of course, I watched the video '1945 Kriegsende in Köln' of H. Reindorf. I found no answer.

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Re: Lt. (Olt.) Wilhelm Bartelborth

Post by RichP08 » 23 May 2020 18:22

This is from Adam Makos facebook pg.: "Bartelborth's decision to stand and fight resulted in the deaths of three Americans, one of his own crew, and one of his crew being severely burned. Bartelborth would surrender shortly after escaping the tank and would live to 93-years-old." No information on what he did after the war but apparently he lived to be 93 years old! I am just finishing reading "Spearhead" by Adam Makos. A great book on the Cologne battle, Paderborn and the reunion in 2013 of Clarence Smoyer, gunner of the Pershing and Gustav Schaefer, crewman of the German Mk IV Smoyer buried under a shot-down building. It seems Bartolborth should have been alive at this time but where? No mention. That would have been a great reunion. Hope this helped.

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Re: Lt. (Olt.) Wilhelm Bartelborth

Post by ubibene » 25 May 2020 14:20

Thanks for the information.

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