- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
- Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 11 / 6.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Don
- Awarded on:
- January 11th, 1943
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bäke was awarded the Knight’s Cross…
“On the 01.01.1943 Bäke and his men conducted a round of bitter urban combat in Nowo Marjewka against 2 Soviet battalions and about 30 tanks. 27 of these were destroyed in the resultant fighting, and after this Bäke launched a counterattack on his own initiative. The result of this latter move was the destruction of a Soviet armoured wedge that had advanced between Nowo Marjewka and the II./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 114 (Werchne Obliwiski). Another 32 tanks (including 20 T-34s) were destroyed, and with this the latest attempt by the Soviet 25th Tank Corps to break through to the railway line west of Morosowskaja was prevented.”
Submitted on January 10th 1943.
Preliminary document dated January 17th 1943.