PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Knispel, Kurt
Date of birth: September 20th, 1921 (Salisfeld/Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia)
Date of death:  April 28th, 1945 (near Vlasatice/Moravia, Czechoslovakia)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Kurt Knispel finally reached the rank of Feldwebel. He destroyed a total of 168 enemy tanks. He was seriously injured in a battle near Stronsdorf, Austria and died of his wounds in a hospital in Vrbovec on April 28th, 1945. After the war his grave was lost. Czech authorities confirmed on April 10th, 2013 that his remains were discovered during archeological research.
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Rank: Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Awarded on: April 25th, 1944
Action: Mentioning:
"The Unteroffizier Knispel in a heavy tank detachment in the east destroyed 101 tanks in the timeframe from July 1942 and March 1944."
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit: 1. / schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503
Awarded on: May 20th, 1944
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
 
     
PANZERKAMPFABZEICHEN (OHNE ZAHLEN)
Details: Silver version
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - PATZWALL, K. & SCHERZER, V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001.
- Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Kurowski F., Feldwebel Kurt Knispel, Der erfolgreichste Panzerschütze und Panzerkommandant des 2. Weltkrieges, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
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