Reinke, Friedrich-Wilhelm

Date of birth:
December 25th, 1908 (Stettin, Germany)
Date of death:
August 10th, 1986 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
Kommandeur I./ Flak-Regiment 9
Awarded on:
February 23rd, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Squadron Leader)
Unit:
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.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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