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Franke, Einhard Hans Friederich Georg

Date of birth:
April 21st, 1915 (Erlangen/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
July 8th, 1943 (Ponyri-Kursk Oblast/Russia, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Kursk - Besedino
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


Einhard Franke was killed in action during the Battle for Orel near the river Bitjug on July 8th, 1943. At that moment he served as Oberstleutnant with Stab II. / Bataillon Panzergrenadier-Regiment 11.

His name has been added on a pillar of natural rock on the warcemetery Besedino near Kursk.

September 25th, 1934: Gefreiter;
December 1st, 1934: Unteroffizier;
June 7th, 1935: Fähnrich;
October 1st, 1935: Oberfähnrich;
April 30th, 1936: Leutnant;
April 1st, 1939: Oberleutnant;
January 1st, 1942: Hauptmann;
June 1st, 1943: Major;
July 1st, 1943: Oberstleutnant.

April 4th, 1934: 16. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 21;
October 5th, 1934: 8. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment ?;
February 18th, 1936: 4. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 2;
October 1st, 1937: 3. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 2;
November 10th, 1938: ?-Regiment 7;
January 15th, 1940: 1. Kompanie, Schützen-Regiment 7;
May 14th, 1940: I. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 6;
June 24th, 1940: 1. Kompanie, Schützen-Regiment 7;
January 22nd, 1942: Field Hospital;'
February 23rd, 1942: 1. Kompanie, Schützen-Regiment 7;
July 1st, 1942: 1. Kompanie, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 7;
November 30th, 1942: Kommandeur II. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 11;
March 28th, 1943: Panzergrenadier-Ersatz-Bataillon 10;
June 27th, 1943: Kommandeur II. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 11.

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Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 2, 2. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 3rd, 1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Stab, Kavallerie-Schützen-Regiment 7, 7. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Chef, 1. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 7, 7. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber