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Zahn, Dr.rer.oec., Eberhard-Detloff

Date of birth:
January 2nd, 1910 (Barmen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
February 7th, 2010 (Sankt Wolfgang, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Eberhard Zahn finally reached the rank of Oberstleutnant der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2. Kompanie, Panzerjäger-Abteilung 33, 15. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 30th, 1941
The following newspaper excerpt (dated 23.07.1941) describes why Zahn received the Knight’s Cross…

“On the 15.06.1941 Leutnant Zahn repulsed a strong enemy armoured thrust (which came from Capuzzo in the direction of Bardia) with just a single 5-cm Pak gun. He then entered into Capuzzo with this gun and destroyed 6 enemy armoured vehicles there. After his gun was knocked out he was taken prisoner after offering bitter resistance. However he then managed to escape the English in a display of courageous and determined resolve.”

320th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef, 2. Kompanie, Panzerjäger-Abteilung 33, 15. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1942
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef, 2. Kompanie, Panzerjäger-Abteilung 33, 15. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 6th, 1943
The following newspaper excerpt (dated 12.03.1943) describes why Zahn received the Knight’s Cross…

“… At the start of July 1942 the south wing of [Zahn’s] Division was hit by an armoured surprise attack. Since one of the Kompanie commanders became a casualty in the bitter fighting, Hauptmann Zahn (at the time still an Oberleutnant and the Abteilung adjutant) rushed forward, saved his heavily wounded comrade under heavy fire and then took over leadership of the Kompanie. He then brought the attack to a halt with only 3 guns that were available.”

204th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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