Volckens, Hennecke

Date of birth:
August 16th, 1916 (Hamburg, Germany)
Date of death:
December 16th, 1942 (Near Mozdok, Russia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
7./Panzer-Regiment 6
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1942
Action:
On 1 December Volckens was leading his company to reinforce the northern flank of his division when he went off course and began to run out of fuel. As the company waited for supply vehicles to catch up, a Russian brigade began to pass by in marching formation, having not seen Volckens and his men. The German tank company quickly formed up and took the brigade completely by surprise, destroying or capturing hundreds of men and much material including three tanks, two 12cm field guns and ten 7.62cm AT guns. For the successful annihilation of a Russian brigade, and without loss at that, Volckens was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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