Tornau, Gottfried

Date of birth:
December 20th, 1919 (Hamburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 9th, 1992 (Eutin/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Was credited with a total of 40 tanks destroyed by the end of the war.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Artillerie-Regiment 20
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./ Sturmgeschutz-Abt. 184
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1941
Details:
Awarded for his 2 wounds inflicted on the 27th en the 31st of August 1941.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./ Sturmgeschutz-Abt. 184
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1942
Details:
Awarded for his 3rd wound inflicted on the 4th of April 1942.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./ Sturmgeschutz-Abt. 184
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1942
Details:
Awarded for his 5th wound inflicted on the 27th of September 1942.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
3. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 184
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Sturmgeschutz-Abt. 184
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1943
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer Sturmartillerie-Brigade der Führer-Grenadier-Division "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
Action:
Tornau won his Knight's Cross for actions at Nantikow, in Pomerania, leading a counterattack against a large Soviet armored attack, breaking the offensive and allowing thousands of wounded soldiers, as well as civilians to flee west.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - SCHERZER, VEIT & FARWICK, WERNER, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Sturmartillerie 1939-1945, Verlag Veit Scherzer, 2012.
    - 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
    - Heukemes F., The General Assault Badge, A Definitive Guide to the German Award of World War II, Volume 1
    - 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