Die Panzerknacker- the holders of the tank destruction badge

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Post by Mark V. » 25 Jan 2003 13:58

Hi Daniel, I guess you've found that new RKT website (http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de), but be aware according to it Voigt destroyed 22 tanks!!!

Here're a few more names (as I already told you not all of them received the badges), I'll post all my references as soon as I have some more time plus maybe some facts about them.

SS-Obersturmführer Josef Amberger (SS-Pz.Rgt.1) 4

SS-Obersturmführer Fischer (SS-Divisionsbegleitkompanie 10/Frundsberg) 3
SS-Untersturmführer Leon Gillis (Wallonie) 3

SS-Untersturmführer Rappl (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.4) 2
SS-Obersturmführer Gerhard Lotze (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.10 »Westland«) 2
SS-Oberscharführer Stefan Strapatin (SS-Freiw.Pz.Gren.Rgt.49 »De Ruyter«/Nederland) 2
SS-Sturmbannführer Hans Dörr (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.9 »Germania«) 2
SS-Oberscharführer Heiermann (SS-Pz.Pi.Btl.9) 2
SS-Hauptscharführer Gustav Wedrinsky (SS-Pz.Jg.Abt.8 ) 2
Leutnant Zobel (Pz.Rgt.11) 2

SS-Oberscharführer Sepp Kammerer (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.4) 1
SS-Sturmmann Hermann Alber (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.20) 1
SS-Oberscharführer Schulz (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.19) 1
SS-Unterscharführer Barth (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.19) 1
SS-Rottenführer Roth (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.19) 1
Leutnant Eckhardt (6./SR 114) 1
Oberleutnant. Born (3./Pz.AR 76) 1
Oberwachtmeister Wiedermann (II./Pz.AR 76) 1
Obergefreiter Tietz (1./SR 3) 1
Oberleutnant Möllhoff (3./Pi.Btl.39) 1
Leutnant Puchta (2./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 3) 1
Leutnant Schenk (2./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 3) 1
Oberleutnant Treppe (4./Pz.Gren.Rgt.3) 1
Oberleutnant Brandt (3./Pz.Pi.Btl.39) 1
Leutnant Störck (SR 394) 1
SS-Oberscharführer Jensen (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.19) 1
SS-Oberscharführer Zumbusch (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.19) 1
SS-Obersturmführer Erwin Bachmann (SS-Pz.Rgt.10) 1
SS-Hauptsturmführer Max Seela (Totenkopf) 1
SS-Obersturmführer Günther Butte (1./Pol..Pi.Btl.) 1
SS-Untersturmführer Joachim Krüger (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.4 »DF«) 1
SS-Unterscharführer Emil Dürr (SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.26) 1
SS-Untersturmführer Gstötner (SS-Pz.AA 10) 1
Major Heinz-Georg Lemm (12. Inf.Div.) 1

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Post by Daniel L » 25 Jan 2003 14:28

Hi Mark, thank for the great contribution! I will update the list in a few days. I can tell you right now that Emil Dürr didn't recieve the badge, he did, however, reciev the knights cross of the iron cross and the honour roll clasp posthumously. Dürr died when he knocked out a Flamethrower tank.

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Post by Mark V. » 25 Jan 2003 16:08

Actually Daniel, I don't think you can say for certain that he didn't receive the badge (posthumously) for certain based just on the facts from the HJ website. A number of Pz.knackers received their awards posthumously. A similar example was Alber who destroyed one tank and died later that same day. He received posthumously EK I., EK II., Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silver and the KC.
But back to Alber according to Carell, the HJ soldiers destroyed 4 tanks in that action:
-Dürr 2
-another grenadier 1
-Pak 1

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Post by Daniel L » 27 Jan 2003 14:31

Hi Mark, I've updated the list now. I've marked all your recent contributions with a ¤ since we don't know for sure if they recieved the badge.

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Post by Daniel L » 10 Feb 2003 23:53

I've updated the list. Most important change is the news that Wolfgang Rust didn't recieve the pz. vern. abz., many thanks to Martin Månsson for revealing this. Also thanks to Mirko B and everyone else that has made contributions.

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Post by Mark V. » 18 Feb 2003 20:35

Three more (confirmed - photos):

Wachtmeister Julius Poeppel - Pz.Gren.Rgt.26/24.Pz.Div. - 4 (look at the photo)
Obergefreiter Metzl - Pz.Rgt.3/2.Pz.Div. - 2
Major Creuznacher - K 2/2.Pz.Div. - 1

plus a very interesting picture - pz.vernichtungsabzeichen on a Tarnjacke.
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Post by Daniel L » 18 Feb 2003 21:50

Great, Mark! Nice photos, I was actually saying that I haven't seen the pz. vern. abz. on a camouflage smock yesterday. Here's another interesting photo, thanks to Cristoph. Notice the damaged badge and the rare uniform.

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Post by Daniel L » 19 Feb 2003 13:57

Oberleutnant Hans Schlittenbauer, 1 confirmed.

EK I & II
Panzervernichtungsabz.
Pion.-Sturmabzeichens
Kriegsverdienstkreuzes 2. Klasse mit eisernen Schwertern
Verwundetenabzeichen
Ostmedaille
etc

Served in the army for 5 years.Died on 31. August 1944 in Luxemburg at the age of 30.

Leutnant Alois Oblinger. Kompaniechef who died on the 22 Oct. 1944 in the West. 1 confirmed.

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And Rudel?

Post by gabriel pagliarani » 20 Feb 2003 18:43

Was this award restricted to the pedestrians of Heer + Waffen SS? If not or if also Luftwaffe's soldiers had to be enlisted, why Hans Ulrich Rudel was not listed above? He destroyed more than 500 tanks, more than your whole list. :roll: He was the real panzerknacker!

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Post by Daniel L » 20 Feb 2003 19:32

The tank destruction badge was awarded to soldiers who destroyed an enemy tank single handedly by a hand held weapon. Anti-tank units were not eligible for this award.

http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/war_bad ... e_tank.htm


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Post by Peter » 21 Feb 2003 15:05

Here is another name

Uffz. Andreas Zimmermann (born Ellboegen 3 Jun 1916, Killed 5 Oct 1944 in Latvia). 1 confirmed.

I have a portrait which shows the edge of his Pz.Vern.Abz and I'll get it posted here tomorrow or Sunday.
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Post by Daniel L » 25 Feb 2003 21:28

Here's the picture Peter sent me.

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 03 Mar 2003 16:47

I am just reading Russ Schneider's-Gotterdammerung and in page 157 it is said that Oblt.Teltz of 3./Pz.Auf.Abt. of 8th Panzer Division was awarded the badge after defence of Cunzendorf in February 45.

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Post by Daniel L » 03 Mar 2003 18:12

Thanks Juha, I should update the list soon.

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Post by Korbius » 04 Mar 2003 00:24

Wow, thanks to Daniel and everyone for sharing this info with us.

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