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Bock, Hans (Panzer-Regiment)

Date of birth:
January 10th, 1919 (Oberndorf am Neckar/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
June 1997 (Strassbourg/Alsace, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

In service from November 4th 1937.

Promotions:
September 1st, 1939: Leutnant (383);
October 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant (308);
October 1st, 1943: Hauptmann (93);
March 1st, 1945: Major.

Career:
September 26th, 1939: Zugfhr.u.O.O. Pz.Jg.Abt. 25;
November 23rd, 1940: Zugfhr.u.O.O. I./Pz.Rgt. 8;
June 16th, 1941: Adj. I./Pz.Rgt. 8;
November 23rd, 1941: Kampfgr.Adj. 15. Pz.Div.;
February 12th, 1942: Adj.u.stellv.Abt.Fhr. I./Pz.Rgt. 8;
May 15th, 1942: Adj. I./Pz.Rgt. 8;
July 15th, 1942: Rgt.Adj. Pz.Rgt. 8;
October 1st, 1942: Adj.Ag P 1;
April 1st, 1944: Führer-Reserve OKH / D.r.OKH / PA / Ag P 1;
June 1st, 1944: Führer-Reserve OKH / kdt.z.Pz.Rgt. GD;
August 18th, 1944: Abt.Kdr. Pz.Rgt. GD.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 8, 15. Panzer Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, schwere Panzer-Abteilung "Großdeutschland", Panzergrenadier-Division "Großdeutschland", Heer
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1945
The following press article describes why Bock was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Knight’s Cross for a Panzer Commander:

The Führer awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Hauptmann Hans Bock, the commander of a Panzer-Abteilung in our Division.

During the fighting in East Prussia an armoured group under the command of Hauptmann Bock particularly distinguished itself. The Kampfgruppe assaulted deep into the Soviet front near G., and after further successful operations it broke the Soviet encirclement ring south of Königsberg. During this fighting the Gruppe destroyed a total of 68 tanks and 86 anti-tank guns. The attacking spirit and bravery of this bold Panzer leader enabled these outstanding successes during the most difficult of situations.”

The action described in this article began on the 30.01.1945. In order to break the Soviet encirclement ring around Königsberg all the available Panzers and armoured vehicles of the original ‘Großdeutschland’ Division were assembled into a massive armoured wedge under the command of Hauptmann Bock. During the afternoon of this day it set out from Brandenburg along the harbour road in a northeastern direction. After a short yet hard battle the group entered into Maulen and scattered the nearby Soviet defenders, who sustained heavy losses when the Germans pursued them. The German Kampfgruppe later advanced towards Wundlaken, however the attack bogged down under heavy Soviet AT gun fire. Nevertheless, the seizure of Maulen was enough to break the ring around Königsberg.

Hauptmann Bock would himself be wounded during the attack, and was therefore awarded the Knight’s Cross while in hospital.
Submitted on January 28th 1945.
Preliminary document and decoration on February 17th 1945 to Heeresgruppe Nord.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1941
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
III. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment "Großdeutschland", Panzergrenadier-Division "Großdeutschland", Heer
Awarded on:
November 17th, 1944
4514th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres

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