Bürker, Ulrich

Date of birth:
November 21st, 1903 (Tübingen, Germany)
Date of death:
October 20th, 1983 (Munich, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
January 1st, 1943: Oberst im Generaltab (RDA -56-).

Career:
?: 13. Infanterie-Division;
October 1st, 1934: Kriegskademie;
October 6th,1936: 4. Abteilung, Generalstab des Heeres;
April 6th, 1938: Generalstab;
February 1st, 1939: Panzer-Regiment 3;
January 1st, 1939: Ia, Stab, 2. leichte Division;
August 26th, 1939: Ia, Stab, 255. Infanterie-Division;
October 23rd,1939: Ia, Stab, 6. Panzer-Division;
February 15th, 1940: Ia, Generalstab, XVI. Armeekorps;
September 16th, 1940: Ausbildungs-Abteilung, Generalstab des Heeres;
October 15th, 1941: Ia, Stab, 10. Panzer-Division;
December 15th, 1942: Führerreserve OKH;
February 15th, 1943: Ia, Generalstab, Heeresgruppe B;
June 15th, 1943: Führerreserve OKH;
June 21st, 1943: W.F.St.-Org, OKW;
December 15th, 1943: Führerreserve OKH;
January 25th, 1944: Chef des Generalstabes, XXII. Gebirgs-Armeekorps;
August 10th, 1944: Chef des Generalstabes, 2. Panzerarmee;
December 7th, 1944: Führerreserve OKH;
February 15th, 1945: Chef des Generalstabes, 1. Panzerarmee;
April 28th, 1945: Führerreserve OKH.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 29th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1941
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major im Generalstab (Major to the General Staff)
Unit:
Ia, Stab, 10. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 7th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant im Generalstab (Lieutenant-colonel to the General Staff)
Unit:
Ia 10.Panzer-Division / 5.Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1943
Awarded for his role in directing the offensive moves of Kampfgruppe Bürker during the time period 24.-26.12.1942. In this time period the Kampfgruppe achieved great success against the defending British forces and captured at least 800 prisoners.

The following press article briefly describes Bürker’s role in the battle…

“During the fighting west of Tunis, Oberstleutnant im Generalstab Ulrich Bürker led a Kampfgruppe in a continued advance in the absence of his divisional commander. He personally took over its leadership, force a crossing over a river under heavy fire and forced far numerically superior enemy forces into a disordered rout while leaving behind 6 tanks, 8 guns and over 100 armoured transport vehicles.”
Submitted on January 11th 1943.
Preliminary document and decoration on February 10th 1943 to Panzer-AOK 5.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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