Thunert, Eberhard

Date of birth:
November 22nd, 1899 (Kulmsee, Germany)
Date of death:
May 4th, 1964 (Wuppertal, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab (Colonel with Chief of Staff)
Unit:
Generalstab XIV.Armeekorps (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 1.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1945
Action:
When the 1. Panzer-Division was encircled at Lake Balaton along with other German units at the start of 1945, Thunert (who had only just been appointed division commander) was able to take charge of the situation and break out along with his troops. For this he was decorated with the Knight's Cross the next month.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum
    - ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de

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