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- Date of birth:
- May 26th, 1918 (Ebersheide/Silesia, Germany)
- Date of death:
- January 22nd, 1945 (near Jülich/Rhineprovince, Germany)
- Buried on:
- German War Cemetery Bedburg-Hau
Row: 2. Grave: 4.
- German (1933-1945, German Reich)
Führer I. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 276;
?: Führer Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 341.
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- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
- Führer 1. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 276, Heerestruppe
- Awarded on:
- January 31st, 1944
During the heavy defensive battles in the Briansk-Gomel area during September/October 1943, Oberleutnant Ertel destroyed 27 enemy tanks in the space of a few days with his Sturmgeschütz. Despite being wounded twice in the process he remained with his men and continued to command his Batterie. He would later receive the Knight’s Cross for the bravery and leadership qualities he demonstrated during this time.
- - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
- SCHERZER, VEIT & FARWICK, WERNER, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Sturmartillerie 1939-1945, Verlag Veit Scherzer, 2011.
- Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.