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#1 Kai-Petri

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 01:25 PM

German Newsreel: August 1942

"Marshals Rommel and Bastico observe a British armored thrust which is repulsed by heavy artillery. Damaged British tanks litter the battlefield. Rommel decorates anti-tank gunner Gunther Halm on August 7th, 1942. "

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HALM, Gunther RK: Grenadier, Richtschtz. im Pakzug Stabskomp./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 104 RK: 29.07.42;
EK I: 29.07.42;
EK II: 29.07.42

http://www.geocities...TS/RKdEK_H.html

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Leutnant GERHARD HALM
Gerhard Halm joined the German Army in August 1941 and was posted to a special antitank platoon (104 Regt.), m the 21st Panzer Division part of Rommel's famed Afrikakorps. As a Gefreiter gun-layer on the 7.62 Pak gun he saw action at the capture of Tobruk, in Rommel's drive across North Africa towards Egypt, and a the Battle of El Alamem. In one month, July 1942, in heavy anti- _ tank fighting, he was awarded both the Iron Cross Ist and 2nd class imd on 29 July, the Knight's Cross. He was the second youngest soldier to wm the Knight's Cross in World War II.

http://www.airartnw.com/desertvict.htm

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http://www.lexikon-d...ter/HalmG-R.htm

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Yesss:

http://www.unc.edu/c...002/rommel.html

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On David Irving´s " Rommel":

The 19-year old Gunther Halm was a gunman with two of 76,2 mm Russian type Flak guns, which were set in the position of being the last line of defence before the enemy tanks would break through. Because there was no way of digging the gun into the rocky soil, tho gunners had to sit on the other end to lessen the recoil.A british column of tanks were coming towards them. In two minutes Halm destroyed four Valentine-tanks. The other tanks stopped and started firing on the weakly camouflaged guns. A shell went between Halm´s legs (??). Another shell took the legs of his gun´s loader. Another man replaced him fast. Halm´s gun hit another five tanks before it was damaged itself so much it could not fire.By then the 21st panzer division was there and finished the rest of the tanks.

On of the British tank commanders was angry: " We have two years of training behind us, a long journey over the sea-and for us it is all over in 30 minutes!"

A week later Rommel himself put the Knight´s Cross on Halm.

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 05:34 PM

Great going Kai, and do you want any more info on DAK RKTs? Just let me know :D
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Posted 10 October 2002 - 05:45 PM

Yes, Carl, please!

This section of DAK looked kinda...empty, so I thought to give it some colour. Hopefully more later on once I read further my DAK books.

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 07:21 PM

Ok, I can supply you with names and some stats for all the Knights Cross recipients of DAK.

Do you want just names or do you want some info to go with the names. I have alot of both. smile.gif
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Posted 10 October 2002 - 07:58 PM

Carl,

I think the best way would be to include some nice info with a name as well. Maybe 1-3 persons ( depending on the amount of info ) at a time so we can get to know these fellas better. Thanx!

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Posted 10 October 2002 - 08:17 PM

OK, I can post stuff or send it to you to post--whichever you want. Ill do it alphabetically so it will be easier to remember what is done. By the way, im currently doing a major project on Senior Waffen SS Commanders posted in the top most forums section here. I just finished doing one on Michael Lippert and will be trying do Gustav Lombard tomorrow.

As Arnold Schwarzenegger said in Terminator: "Ill be Back" and ill add: tomorrow sometime. :D
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Posted 10 October 2002 - 10:09 PM

Very nice, Kai! smile.gif What do you think of more data on one of the best DAK commanders: Major Bach, the priest and the hero of Halfaya? ;)
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 06:09 AM

Friedrich,

that sounds great. We´d love to hear more of the man and probably some 88´s as well..
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Posted 11 October 2002 - 05:37 PM

Kai, first congrats on your new award--second--I dont have much time today and will try to send you some DAK RKT info tomorrow. smile.gif
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Posted 11 October 2002 - 09:14 PM

Congratulations, Kai! I think this week many Italian medals have been awarded... :D That's nice.

I have something about Major Bach.

When GL Erwin Rommel reached Africa in February 1941 his officers were introduced. He didn't smile nor was polite. He had to test them in combat first. But there was a particular officer which Rommel disliked a lot the first time he saw him; that was Hptn. Bach, veteran of France. He had earned the Iron Cross 1st Class there and was wounded in the knee, so he had to use a batton. Rommel hated the idea of having a unhealthy-officer there but he just went furious when he knew that captain Bach was a Lutheran priest!

Some months later, Rommel loved Bach. Bach was a master with his 88s as another Bach was with his organ... Even if captain Bach never wore his uniform adequately and dressed very ridiculous sometimes... He also treated his soldiers like sons, very warmly, not like Rommel: with yelling and hits. tongue.gif Great man, indeed! I have a picture of him, but can't post it here... :(
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 06:42 PM

Kai, hows this list for "wheting" your appetite? Just names of DAK RKTs for now--will start posting some info tomorrow. smile.gif I think this is a complete list of all DAK RKTs--or at least--I havent found any new ones--yet. :D

DAK RKTs___________________________________

Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel. "The Desert Fox"
Hans-Wilhelm Albers.
Peter Arent.
Hans Jurgen von Arnim.
Paul Audorff.
Ernst-Gunther Baade.
Wilhelm Georg Bach.
Heinrich "Heinz" Bar.
Hans-Lewin von Barby.
Hans von Bargen.
Fritz Bayerlein.
Winrich Behr.
Helmut Belser.
Karl-Heinz Bendert.
Emil Berner.
Georg von Bismarck.
Dr. Rudolf Boeckmann.
Otto Bosel.
Karl Heinrich Bottcher.
Dipl.Ing. Dr. Ernst Bolbrinker.
Willibald Borowietz.
Rudolf Braun.
Harro Brenner.
Georg Briel.
Alfred Bruer.
Kurt Buhlingen.
Ulrich Burker.
Friedrich-Wilhelm Buschhausen.
Georg Christl.
Hans Cramer.Eudard Crasemann.
Wilhelm Crinius.
Ludwig Cruwell.
Bruno Dilley.
Curt Ehle.
Heinrich Eppen.
Wolfgang-Dieter Everth.
Herbert Ewert.
Gunther Fenski.
Wolfgang Fischer.
Gotthard Frantz.
Ludwig Franzisket.
Siegfried Freytag.
Stefan Frohlich.
Walter Fromm.
Fritz Fullriede.
Alfred Gause.
Erich Geissler.
Kurt Gierga.
Siegfried Gobel.
Werner Grun.
Ernst Friedrich Gurke.
Anton Hafner.
GUNTHER HALM.
Max Karl Friedrich Hecht.
Erich Heintze.
Maximilian von Herff.
Otto Heymer.
Josef Hissmann.
Roland von Hosslin.
Otto Hoffmann von Waldau.
Hermann Hogeback.
Friedrich von Homeyer.
Gerhard Homuth.
Arnold Huebner.
Herbert Isachsen.
Erhart Jahnert.
Erbo Graf von Kageneck.
"Smiling" Albert Kesselring.
Eduard Kiefer.
Rudolf Kiehl.
Heinrich Kirchheim.
Hans Klarmann.
Ulrich Kleemann.
Gustav Georg Knabe.
Friedrich von Koehnen.
Herbert Konig.
Friedrich Korner.
Alfred Koster.
Heinz Kroseberg.
Johannes Kummel.
Kurt Kuhlmey.
Kurt Frhr von Liebenstein.
Detlef Lienau.
Helmut Mahlke.
Werner Marcks.
Hans-Joachim Marseille. "Der Stern von Afrika"
Franz Medicus.
Reinhard Melzer.
Erwin Menny.
Hans-Adolf Meyer.
Johann Mickl.
Werner Mildebrath.
Gerd Mischke.
Gerhard Muller.
Gottlob Muller.
Joachim Muncheberg.
Walter K. Nehring.
Georg Neuffer.
Albert Panzenhagen.
Gustav Ponath.
Bernhard Hermann Ramcke.
Ernst Willi Raprager.
Hans von Ravenstein.
Karl-Wolfgang Redlich.
Ernst-Wilhelm Reinert.
Werner Reissmann.
Josef-Otto Riepold.
Rolf Rocholl.
Gustav Rodel.
Erich Rudorffer.
Heinrich Schafer.
Hartmut Schairer.
Artur Schmitt.
Werner Schroer.
Hermann Schulte-Heuthaus.
Otto Schultz.
Otto Schulz.
Theodor Schwabach.
Franz Schweiger.
Hans Seidemann.
August Seidensticker.
Ott-Friedrich von Pilsach.
Walter Sigel.
Theodor Graf von Sponeck.
Hans-Arnold Stahlschmidt.
Gunther Steinhausen.
Otto Stiefelmayer.
Hans Gunther Stotten.
Gunther Straehler-Pohl.
Johannes Streich.
Rudolf Struckmann.
Herbert Stry.
Werner Stumpf.
Kurt Ubben.
Heinrich Voigtsberger.
Wolfgang Wahl.
Kurt Walter.
Irnfried Frhr von Wechmar.
Alfred Wehmeyer.
Wilhelm Wendt.
Siegfried Westphal.
Alwin Wolz.
Dr. Eberhard Zahn.
Konrad Zecherle.
Heinz Ziegler.

There are some 145 RKTs listed as recieving their Knights Crosses or higher grades in Africa. Out of these, there are some 64 of these were either Luft pilots--or Flak Personnel, or Generals. A few other Luft personnel is not counted in that number as they were either in the Hermann Goring Pz Div/Pz Korps, or either a few were Fallschirmjagers.

This is as complete a listing od DAK RKTs as I have. smile.gif

[ 12 October 2002, 01:44 PM: Message edited by: C.Evans ]
Lost are only those, who abandon themselves) Hans-Ulrich Rudel.
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Posted 13 October 2002 - 01:55 AM

Originally posted by C.Evans:
DAK RKTs

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Hans Klarmann.
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Fucked his daughter...does this qualify me for a medal??

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#13 Kai-Petri

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 06:04 PM

No, Andy, but I do think it qualifies for some intense spanking here on this forum! :D

Anyway, thanx for the info Carl and Friedrich! Most appreciated!

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 06:24 PM

Here´s some sites with Ba..babab.. Bach. Sorry, just saw Stauffenberg there as well... ;)

http://plinks.pt-quo...dak/bestmen.htm

Hmmm, Kamfgruppes of DAK by a French site:

http://perso.wanadoo...gruppe_dak.html

Pic on right bottom:

http://www.steinsfur...nlichkeiten.htm

PICS of commanders:

http://www.afrika-ko...de/personen.htm

Other pics for DAK:

http://www.afrika-korps.de/galer2.htm

Pics fron Signal:

http://perso.wanadoo...er/Signal6.html

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 07:40 PM

Hi Kai, I can give you lots more info but, as you can see--its a VERY long list. Anyway--let me know if you want anything in specific on these guys like, dates of RKs or whatever. smile.gif
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Posted 13 October 2002 - 08:20 PM

Thanx Carl,

as soon as I decide what I want I´ll be back on this subject...Do I sound a bit feminine now?!

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 09:13 PM

Welcome and Kai, I hope your Girlfriend doesnt see your posting or she might :eek: :eek: :eek: at ya.

To make it easier for you, would you want me to exclude everything but the ground troops?
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Posted 14 October 2002 - 02:13 AM

Very, very nice sites, Kai! I knew two of them already, but the others were really good!
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun

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Posted 17 October 2002 - 06:56 PM

Carl,

I placed some names I find interesting here. I´d appreciate if you could put some info here, and as well people you thought were worth mentioning. Just take your time, as we have some 30 years until pension and after that we have all the time in the world to go through all of this... :D

Hans Jurgen von Arnim.
Ernst-Gunther Baade.
Wilhelm Georg Bach.
Fritz Bayerlein.
Georg von Bismarck.
Stefan Frohlich.
Walter Fromm.
"Smiling" Albert Kesselring.
Herbert Konig.
Kurt Kuhlmey ( the Ju 87 pilot!!! )
Hans-Joachim Marseille. "Der Stern von Afrika"
Walter K. Nehring.
Bernhard Hermann Ramcke.
Theodor Graf von Sponeck.

Just some names that "ring the bell". Like Kuhlmey who actually is better known here with his operations during the summer 1944 in the Karelia against the Soviets. I have a book on his doings here and later on I´ll probably ( You bet I will...) tell about that.Like it or not?! :D
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Posted 17 October 2002 - 10:01 PM

Many great choices--Ok, ill get started on them possibly tomorrow afternoon. Im also still working a nice Bio for Kurt-Adolf Wilhelm "Panzer" Meyer--for the Senior Waffen SS Officers ongoing project I have going here. ;) Just wait till you see that posting in a day or so. :D
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Posted 17 October 2002 - 11:41 PM

I might research on the generals... That's my speciality, isn't it? ;)
"War is less costly than servitude, the choice is always between Verdun and Dachau." - Jean Dutourd, French veteran of both world wars

"A mon fils: depuis que tes yeux sont fermes les miens n’ont cessé de pleurir." - Mère française, Verdun

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Posted 18 October 2002 - 08:42 PM

OK Kai, here is a sample for you.

Hans-Jurgen von Arnim, was born on April 4/ 1889 in Ernsdorf, Silesia. His ultimate rang was Generaloberst. His last postiion was as C-i-C of Armee Gruppe Afrika.

He was the son of General Hans von Arnim, and he joined the Army on April 1/ 1908, and was commissioned a Leutnant on August 19/ 1909, and was posted to the 1st Guards Uhlan Regiment.

He served as battalion Adjutant and had also been a Kompanie Commander in Reserve Regmint 93. He had been wounded three times and in ww1, was awarded the Wound Badge in Silver, and both classes of the Iron Cross.

Never serving in the Freikorps , he was retained by the military to serve in the Reichswehr and he had served i9 both the General Staffs and in the Field Forces. In the latter half of 1931, he became CO of a Light Infantry Unit based in Orteslburg, East Prussia.

On July 1/ 1934, he was promoted to Oberst and became I.a. of the 22nd Infantry Division in Bremen.

On October 1/ 1935, H-J. von Arnim became CO of the 68th Infantry Regiment and was promoted to Generalmajor on January 1/ 1938.

When war broke out in 1914, von Arnim became the CO of the 52nd Infantry Division . He was promoted to Generalleutnant on December 1/ 1939 and led this Division in France.

He transferred to command the 17th Panzer Division on October 17/ 1940, which he led in campaigns against Russia. He was awarded his Knights Cross of the Iron Cross for his Divisions actions resulting in the capture of Brest Litovsk, Smolensk, Kiev and Briansk.

On October 1/ 1941, he was promoted to General der Panzertruppen and was the CO of 39th Panzer Korps in Russia, untill he was sent to Tunisia, to become Commander-in-Chief of 5th Panzer Army on December 3/ 1942.

When Rommel departed from Afrika, von Arnim became the commander of Armee Gruppe Afrika. On May 12/ 1943, he surrendered his forces and went with them into captivity untill he was released sometime in 1947. He is deceased.

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Posted 18 October 2002 - 10:20 PM

Thanx a lot Carl!

What a coincidence as I read on Rommel today
( David Irving´s book ).Unfortunately Arnim was not good friends with Rommel and vice versa. :confused: :(
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Posted 18 October 2002 - 10:37 PM

Hi Kai, I thought you might like that--it was just a small gift to last you till Sat or Sunday. :D
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Posted 19 October 2002 - 03:56 AM

Carl :

Can you tell which of the chaps are Fallshirmtruppen ? maybe some bio's from me...

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