Harpe, Josef

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1887 (Buer/Western Phalia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 14th, 1968 (Nuremberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on September 21st 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on September 3rd 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 12.Panzer-Division / XXXIX.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1941
Details:
418th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 12.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1941
Details:
55th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe
Unit:
Kommandierende General XXXXI.Panzerkorps
Awarded on:
February 19th, 1943
Details:
Award 295/2
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppe
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXXXI.Panzerkorps
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1943
Details:
36th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Kurowski F., Feldwebel Kurt Knispel, Der erfolgreichste Panzerschütze und Panzerkommandant des 2. Weltkrieges, Flechsig Verlag, Würzburg, 2007
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Ritterkreuztraeger 1939 - 1945

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