Tank, Walter

Date of birth:
November 3rd, 1915 (Konz/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
April 27th, 1998 (Schriesheim/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
German (1933-1945, German Reich)


Walter Tank finally reached the rank of Hauptmann der Reserve. After the Second World War he served with the Bundeswehr from 1955 until 1965, finally reaching the rank of Oberstleutnant.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1941
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Chef 6. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1942
Oberleutnant Tank was commander of the 6./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 when he received the Knight’s Cross for his actions while crossing the Manytsch river. His company was the first to cross the river just after midnight on 1 August 1942 against fierce enemy artillery fire and stubborn resistance by NKVD troops. When his battalion commander was killed Tank assumed command and continued the battle, with his troops eventually wresting control of the far bank in close combat.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes