- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major (Squadron Leader)
- Kommandeur I./Flak-Regiment 9 "Legion Condor"
- Awarded on:
- October 9th, 1943
Here follows a first-hand account by Reinke himself, which describes the principal action by which he received the Knight’s Cross…
“On the 15.01.1943 I held a section of front south of the Pitomnik airfield (near Stalingrad) with two 8.8 cm and three 2 cm AA guns as well as 180 men. When I did a roll call later that day at 16:00 I was able to find just 30 men. With 12 men I reached the German lines which had been pulled back during the day. In this action, as usual, I had covered the retreat of the 297. Infanterie-Division and was recommended for the Knight’s Cross by its commander, Generalleutnant Pfeffer.”