pintere wrote: ↑
11 Sep 2023 03:21
Ehrenblattspange to Werner Vornholz, of Pz.Abt. 2111
Hello pintere, I would say: 2 in 1
In fact we have two aces here, Uffz. Vornholz and the mentioned "Kompaniechef" of course, so:
Uffz. Werner Vornholz
, Ehrenblattspange on 25.11.1944 for action from 16.9. to 22.9.1944 at Jovelice.
That indeed is a wide timespan, and the newspaper reads "zwei Tage vorher" ..., five plus nine tanks destroyed.
Well, Uffz. Vornholz died on 22.9.1944, that could've added to his award of the Ehrenblattspange of course.
https://www.volksbund.de/erinnern-geden ... 5d0b8799e7
I made notes on the actions of Pz.Abt. 2111 (source? don't know actually):
19.09.44= 2 M4 durch Brigade
20.09.44= 15 M4 durch 12 Wagen Pz.Abt. - 4 Verluste
21.09.44= 2 M4 durch Pz.Abt.
22.09.44 morgens 10 M4 abgeschossen, mittags schwere Pz-Gefechte, schwere Verluste
I would suggest the 20.9. and 22.9.1944 being the dates mentioned in the newspaper, that would make sense and of course the claimed tank kills by Uffz. Vornholz only can fit with these two dates.
Hptm. Bruno Muckert
, Kompaniechef of 1./Pz.Abt. 2111
He died on 22.9.1944, the same day as Uffz. Vornholz, his gunner:
https://www.volksbund.de/erinnern-geden ... 2caeccefb6
From his personal files (BArch PERS 6/55000) I can add some biographic basics:
Polen/Frankreich Zugf. in Pz.Rgt. 10, dort 1940 EK 2. Klasse
dann Deutschland Ersatzabteilung
ab Jan. 1942 Kp.Chef in Pz.Abt. 214 (wird zu I./Pz.Rgt. 9), Norwegen, kein Einsatz dort KVK 2. Klasse
ab Herbst 1943 Einsatz in Rußland, Chef 6./Pz.Rgt. 9, dort EK 1. Klasse
ab 25.12.1943 Fhr. II./Pz.Rgt. 9
5.3.44 verwundet, Lazarett, dann Ersatzabteilung
ab Sept. 1944 Chef 1./Pz.Abt. 2111
Why is Hptm. Muckert not mentioned or was rewarded with a higher award? Well, I think he was somethere "between" the EK1 and the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold, maybe his unit made notes for two points for the DKiG award, but you need five points at least. And, well, this was not enough for the Ehrenblattspange and indeed not enough for the Ritterkreuz.