- Second World War (1939-1945)
- 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.