- Date of birth:
- July 14th, 1907 (Düsseldorf, Germany)
- Date of death:
- January 21st, 1986 (Düsseldorf, Germany)
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
April 1st, 1927: Fahnenjunker;
August 1st, 1929: Fähnrich;
August 1st, 1930: Oberfähnrich;
February 1st, 1932: Leutnant;
November 1st, 1933: Oberleutnant;
March 1st, 1938: Hauptmann;
March 1st, 1941: Patent vom 1-10-1936 erhalten;
September 1st, 1941: Major;
September 1st, 1942: Oberstleutnant ohne Patent;
November 16th, 1942: Patent vom 1-11-1942 erhalten;
March 1st, 1943: Oberst;
December 1st, 1944: Generalmajor.
November 1st, 1956: Brigade-General;
October 1st, 1960: Generalmajor.
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Kommandeur, Kradschützen-Bataillon 3, 3. Panzer-Division, Heer
- Awarded on:
- February 10th, 1942
On 30.01.1942, and by his own initiative, Major Pape and his Kampfgruppe stormed into the village of Solojowka without waiting for the arrival of friendly Panzers to support the attack. The assault was successful, and a Soviet cavalry division located there was smashed with heavy losses including its Divisional commander, who was taken prisoner. The occupation of Solojowka was decisive for closing off the Soviet breakthrough point adjacent to the neighbouring division. For this action Pape would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Awarded in recognition for his achievements as commander of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 394 up until when he was wounded on the 05.07.1943, on the first day of Operation Citadel.
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