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Bäke, Franz

Date of birth:
February 28th, 1898 (Schwarzenfels/Hesse-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:
December 12th, 1978 (Hagen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (Second-Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 1./Panzer-Abteilung 65
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on July 15th 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1e Luitenant)
Unit:
Führer 1./Panzer-Abteilung 65
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Reserve Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 11 / 6.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Don
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1943
Details:
1425th Award
Submitted on January 10th 1943.
Preliminary document dated January 17th 1943.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1943
Panzerkampfabzeichen II Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Reserve-Major)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 11 / 6.Panzer-Division / III. Panzer-Korps / Armee-Abteilung Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1943
Details:
262nd Award.
Submitted on July 27th 1943.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1943
Panzerkampfabzeichen III Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve
Unit:
Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
December 5th, 1943
Panzerkampfabzeichen IV Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
January 31st, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
February 21st, 1944
Details:
49th Award.
Submitted on February 19th 1944.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
April 26th, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen IV Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle"
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle"
Awarded on:
December 6th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne zahlen)

Sources

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