PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Bäke, Franz
Date of birth: February 28th, 1898 (Schwarzenfels/Hesse-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:  December 12th, 1978 (Hagen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:  German
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-Lieutenant)
Unit: Führer 1./Panzer-Abteilung 65
Awarded on: September 26th, 1939
Details: Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on July 15th 1916.
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Oberleutnant der Reserve (1e Luitenant)
Unit: Führer 1./Panzer-Abteilung 65
Awarded on: June 1st, 1940
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Major der Reserve (Reserve Major)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 11 / 6.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Don
Awarded on: January 11th, 1943
Details: 1425th Award
Submitted on January 10th 1943.
Preliminary document dated January 17th 1943.
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN II STUFE "25"
Rank: Major der Reserve
Unit: Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: August 1st, 1943
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Major der Reserve (Reserve-Major)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 11 / 6.Panzer-Division / III. Panzer-Korps / Armee-Abteilung Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on: August 1st, 1943
Details: 262nd Award.
Submitted on July 27th 1943.
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN III STUFE "50"
Rank: Major der Reserve
Unit: Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: August 16th, 1943
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN IV STUFE "75"
Rank: Oberstleutnant der Reserve
Unit: Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: December 5th, 1943
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Rank: Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: January 31st, 1944
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB UND SCHWERTERN
Rank: Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: February 21st, 1944
Details: 49th Award.
Submitted on February 19th 1944.
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN IV STUFE "100"
Rank: Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on: April 26th, 1944
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Rank: Oberst der Reserve (Kolonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle"
Awarded on: October 5th, 1944
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Rank: Oberst der Reserve (Kolonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle"
Awarded on: December 6th, 1944
 
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN GOLD
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN SILBER
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN SILBER
 
     
PANZERVERNICHTUNGSABZEICHEN IN SILBER
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN (OHNE ZAHLEN)
Details: Silver version.
 
     
DRL SPORTABZEICHEN IN GOLD
 
 
 
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