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Langanke, Fritz

Date of birth:
July 15th, 1919 (Gelenkirchen-Buer, Germany)
Date of death:
July 10th, 2012
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Standartenoberjunker
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich" / 2.SS-Panzer-Division “Das Reich” / 7.Armee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1944
The following wartime excerpt describes why Langanke would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“SS-Standartenoberjunker Langanke, Zugführer in the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 2, was separated from his Abteilung along with 3 Panthers on the 28.07.1944. In this time he made the independent decision to rally 300 Heer Grenadiers and launch a breakout attempt on the night of the 29./30.07.1944. Advancing via St. Denis he personally destroyed 13 tanks, 4 anti-tank guns, 8 halftracks and 10 trucks over a series of hard yet successful engagements. Ultimately he managed to make it back to friendly lines while also clearing open the way to freedom for many other units including a self-propelled Flak-Batterie (with five 3.7 cm guns), 2 Grille SPGs, 3 Sturmgeschützen and 29 trucks.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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