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Balck, Hermann

Date of birth:
December 17th, 1893 (Danzig-Langfuhr, Germany)
Date of death:
November 29th, 1982 (Eberbach/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1st November 1943: General der Panzertruppen.

Career:
24th November 1938 until 22nd October 1939: Oberkommande des Heeres, Wehrkreis VI;
23rd October 1939 until 15th December 1940: Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1;
16th December 1940 until 14th May 1941: Kommandeur Panzerjäger-Regiment 3;
15th May 1941 until 6th July 1941: Kommandeur 2.Panzer-Brigade;
7th July 1941 until 31st October 1941: Führer Reserve Oberkommande des Heeres;
1st november 1941 until 22nd May 1942: General der Schnelle Truppen beim Oberbefehlshaber des Heeres;
23rd May 1942 until 12th March 1943: Kommandeur 11.Panzer-Division;
13th March 1943 until 12th November 1943: Führer Reserve Oberkommande des Heeres;
13th November 1943: Kommandierender General XXXXVIII.Panzer-Korps

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on October 15th 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on November 26th 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Schützen-Regiment 1 / 1.Panzer-Division / Panzergruppe Kleist / 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1940
Details:
53rd Award.
Submitted on May 27th 1940.
Preliminary document dated June 4th 1940.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1940
Details:
Bronze version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11. Panzer Division
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1941
Voenen Orden
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Don
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1942
Details:
155th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 11. Panzer Division
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11.Panzer-Division / XXXXVIII.Armee-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1943
Details:
25th Award.
Submitted on March 1st 1943.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Stellvertretender Führer 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Nordukraine
Awarded on:
August 31st, 1944
Details:
19th Award.
Ritterkreuz, Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Luitenant-generaal)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber der 4. Panzerarmee
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - 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
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Kursietis, Andris J., The Wehrmacht at War 1939-1945, Aspekt, The Netherlands, 1999
    - Helden der Wehrmacht, Sammelband (Miscellany), FZ-Verlag GmbH, München, Deutschland, 2000
    - Williamson, G., Knight’s Cross with Diamonds Recipients, Osprey Publishing Ltd., Great Britain, 2006
    - Federl, C., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Panzerdivisionen 1939-1945, VDM Heinz Nickel, Zweibrücken, Germany, 2000
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Berger, F., Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern – Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2002/03
    - Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, 2001
    - Axis Biographical Research
    - Beurteilung 20.Marz 1943

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