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Gürke, Ernst

Date of birth:
May 23rd, 1899 (Posen,Posen)
Date of death:
May 7th, 1946 (USSR)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Kommandeur, I. Abteilung, Flak-Regiment 43, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1942
Awarded for his actions on the 27.05.1942, during the battle of Gazala. On this day a force of about 65 British tanks began a potentially dangerous attack against the rear of the 15. Panzer-Division. In response Oberst Wolz and Major Gürke formed a 3 km long continuous front of 8.8 cm AA guns to counter the British advance. It succeeded in this task while claiming 24 British tanks destroyed. For his invaluable role in this very important tactical victory Gürke would be awarded the Knights’ Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes