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Kurt Knispel..Tank ace No.1

Article about: Knispel was the leading tank ace of the panzer army.He had 168 confirmed kills.He was KIA on the eastern front.He was never awarded the Ritterkreuz .He was a sudeten Czech and I guess he was

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    The German Government won't even sanction a medal which resembles the Eisernen Kreuz because of it's connection to the Third Reich so the chance of awarding a Postumous Ritterkreuz is absolutely nil , so don't bother with the petition !!!


    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    here are some Panzer Aces who never received the Ritterkreuz....and they all had an impressive amount of kills.

    Martin Schrof (s.SS-Pz. Abt. 102) : 161
    Karl Möbius (s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101) : 125
    Arno Giesen (2. SS Pz. Div.) : 111
    Heinz Rondorf (s. Pz. Abt. 503) : 106
    Heinz Gärtner (s. Pz. Abt. 503) : 103

    according to what i did read in the past concerning Kurt Knispel, he was a bit like "Pappy Boyington", the character played by Robert Conrad in the TV serie "Black Sheep Squadron" (aka Baa Baa Black Sheep).
    Expert & brave when facing the enemy, but very indisciplined....with a ill-natured mood...

    In Memoriam :
    Laurent Huart (1964-2008)

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    Quote by odessa1 View Post
    Maybe somebody ought to petition the German Govt. to award the RK posthumously! Can that be done? 168 destroyed tanks he should get the EL und S, too! Petition, anyone?
    You are kidding ... right

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    Remy was a maverick, I understand. I read what he sent out to people who asked for his autograph - which he FREELY gave! He was quite a soldier, and quite a guy!

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    Another unsung soldier doing his best for his cause. I would have loved to hear some of my grandfather's stories had he survived the war. Thanks for the post.

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    you know,i spent 9 yrs in the infantry,and the best field soldiers just didnt make any friends when out of the field.i know i was one of them lol

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    Perhaps Kurt was just your average get the job done kinda tanker. A guy who you knew you could count on but, had a side of being a Rebel of sorts. Perhaps frowned upon by higher ranked officers for his attitude but then again his recogition of his feats may have just fell though the cracks. One can imagine the hundreds of thousands of average soldiers whos duty was preformed above and beyond went un-noticed.

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    Good soldiers in wartime - Bad prisoners in peacetime.
    Many a good soldier is a bad civy only to be let loose when the proverbial hits the fan.

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    Here is another picture of Knispel I found, there are not many pics of him published.
    Click to enlarge the picture Click to enlarge the picture Kurt Knispel..Tank ace No.1  

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    With the long hair & beard he reminds me of the character Donald Sutherland played in "Kelly's Heroes".

    Best Regards,

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