Zahn, Eberhard-Detloff

Date of birth:
January 2nd, 1910 (Barmen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
February 7th, 2010 (Sankt Wolfgang, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German 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
Action:
Awarding for his resiliency in battle during the British Operation Battleaxe. With his 5cm Pak he defeated a British armoured attack and destroyed 6 enemy tanks. When his gun was knocked out he continued to fight on as an infantryman, and despite being captured he refused to give up and managed to escape and return to German lines.
Details:
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
Action:
Received for his successful command of the 2./Panzerjäger-Abteilung 33, over the course of which he defeated multiple British armour attacks.
Details:
204th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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