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Barkmann, Ernst

Date of birth:
August 25th, 1919 (Kisdorf/Schleswig, Germany)
Date of death:
June 27th, 2009
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

In service from April 1st 1939.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
9. / III. / SS-Standarte "GERMANIA"
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
2. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "DAS REICH"
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer
Unit:
Panzer Kommandant 4. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 / 2. SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” / 7.Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1944
The following excerpt from an A.O.K. 7 telex (dated 07.08.1944) describes why Barkmann was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“The 2. SS-Pz.Div. is reporting the names of 5 outstanding troop leaders and NCOs who have particularly distinguished themselves during the breakthrough from the Notre Dame area into the area south of Percy:

1.) SS-Unterscharführer Barkmann of the 4./SS-Pz.Rgt. 2. On the 27.07.1944 he was kept back with his Panther in order to protect 2 disabled vehicles. On the night of the 28./29.07.1944 he became totally separated from his comrades during the wide-ranging retreat of the Division. He blew up one Panzer and moved out while towing the other one. At times he crossed over the American march routes, and at other times he drove in direct proximity to them at night. In the end he destroyed 14 enemy tanks and reached friendly lines on the 30.07.1944.”
Submitted on August 22nd 1944.
Preliminary document dated September 7th 1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer
Unit:
4. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2
Awarded on:
1945
Panzerkampfabzeichen III Stufe
According to his own testimony, Ernst Barkmann received the III.Stufe without having received the II.Stufe in the spring of 1945. This beceause at that moment no II.Stufe was available.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received the Silver Version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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