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Kempf, Werner

Date of birth:
March 9th, 1886 (Königsberg/East Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 6th, 1964 (Bad Harzburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Division Kempf
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 15th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Division Kempf
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1939
Had alredy received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 28th February 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 6. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
The following wartime excerpt (dated 30.08.1940) describes why Kempf received the Knight’s Cross…

“Generalleutnant Werner Kempf had already especially distinguished himself in the Polish campaign as the leader of a Panzer formation. During the great Western offensive he led at the head of his Panzer-Division that, by the end of the first day, had already plunged deep into the enemy. Over the course of a bold advance his Panzer-Division crossed over the Oise River and captured more than 10000 prisoners in just three days of battle. Throughout all this time Generalleutnant Kempf served as the soul of both attack and pursuit, and he did not shy from battle when he was personally in danger. He was promoted to Generalleutnant on the 31.07.1940.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXVIII. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his command achievements on the Eastern front. He distinguished himself during the breakthrough of the Stalin Line, the encirclement battles at Uman and Kiev, the capture of Kursk in 1941 and in the next year the capture of Voronezh and the thrust into the southern part of Stalingrad.

111th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXXXVIII.Panzerkorps
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1942
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3

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