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#1 cmerry65

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:41 PM

I found this listing of WWII German Tank Aces listed on a couple of different forums, but I will cite this one as reference: http://forum.axishis...pic.php?t=56865

One would imagine there are more than listed here.

I found a list of German tank aces on Wikipedia, where number 2 was given as Martin Schroif and not Otto Carius. Both are listed here as number 2 regardless.

One of my favorites is the actual highest scoring tank ace, yet less known than Carius or Wittmann, and that is Kurt Knispel. He was never awarded the Knight’s Cross, and never pursued the award, though he was recommended for it 4 times times (acccording to Wikipedia. Knispel preferred others be given credit and not himself. According to Wikipedia, "Knispel's slow promotion is attributed to several conflicts with higher Nazi authorities (for instance, he assaulted an Einsatzgruppen officer whom he saw mistreating Soviet POWs) and general lack of military bearing, sporting a goatee and hair longer than regulations. Only his impressive track-record saved him from ending up in a military prison."

The following list gives the tank ace's name; number of kills; unit attached to; and the date if the person was awarded the Knight's Cross, or any higher grades such as swords, or oakleaves.

Contributors; Ron Klages, David C. Clarke, Erich Brown, Steve Eckardt, John S.


1.Kurt Knispel –168 Kills (sPzAbt. 503)
2.Martin Schroif-161 Kills (sSSPzAbt. 102)
2.Otto Carius – 150+ Kills (sPzAbt. 502)–Tiger I--Knight's Cross 5/4/44, Oak Leaves 7/27/44.
3.Johannes (Hans) Bolter-- 139 Kills (possibly 144) (sPzAbt. 502) Tigers– Knight's Cross 4/16/44, Oak Leaves 9/10/44.
4.Michael Wittman – 138 Kills (sS.S.PzAbt. 101 Liebstandarte)–Tiger I–Knight's Cross 1/14/44, Oak Leaves 1/14/44 with Swords, 6/25/44.
5.Hans Sandrock – 123 Kills (assorted AFV last unit HJ )
6.Paul Egger – 113 Kills (s SS Pz. Abt. 102)–Tigers– Knight's cross 4/28/45
7.Fritz Lang– 113 Kills (StuG. Abt. 232)8.Arno Giesen – 111 Kills (Das Reich)
9.Oberfahnrich Rondorf—106 kills (sPzAbt. 503)–Tigers
10.Feldwebel Gaetner ( Gartner?)– 103 Kills (sPzAbt. 503)–Tigers
11.Karl Koener – 100+ Kills (sS.S.PzAbt. 503)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 4/29/44.
12.Albert Kerscher – 100+ Kills (sPzAbt. 502)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 10/23/44.
13.Balthazar (Bobby) Woll–100+ Kills, 81 as Gunner (sSS Pz. Abt. 101)–Knight's Cross–1/16/44.
14.Helmut Wendorff—84 Kills (sS.S.Pz Abt.101)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 2/12/44.
15.Ernst Barkmann—82+ Kills (Das Reich)—Panther–Knight's Cross 8/27/44.
16.Eric Litztke—76 Kills (sPzAbt. 509)--Tigers– Knight's Cross 10/20/44
17.Hermann Bix – 75+ Kills (4th Panzer Division)–Knight's Cross 3/22/45.
18.Hans Strippel – 70 Kills (4. / II/ PzAbt. 1, 1st Pz. Division)–Pz. IV–Knight's Cross 6/4/44.
19.Emil Seibold – 69 Kills (Das Reich)–Pz IV+ Captured T-34s
20.Wilhelm Knauth—68 Kills (sPzAbt. 505)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 11/14/43.
21.Hugo Primozic– 68 Kills (StuG Abt. 667)–Knight's Cross 9/25/42, Oak Leaves 1/25/43.
22.Karl Bromann – 66 Kills (sS.S.PzAbt. 503)–Tigers.
23.Josef William (Sepp) Brandner – 61 Kills (StuG Brigade 912)–Knight's Cross 1/17/45, Oak Leaves 4/30/45.
24.Hans-Bobo von Rohr – 58 Kills (25 Pz. Abt., 7th Pz. Division)–Knight's Cross 11/15/44, Oak leaves 4/8/45 (Posthumously).
25.Karl Heinz Warmbrunn-- 57 Kills, 44 as gunner (s SS Pz. Abt. 101)–Tigers
26.Albert Ernst–55 Kills–(s.Pz. Jgr. Abt. 519)--Nashorn–Knight's Cross–2/7/44.
27.Richard Engelmann—54 Kills (StuG Abt. 912)–Knight's Cross 7/22/44.
28.Heinz Kling–51 Kills (s SS Pz. Abt. 101)--Tigers.
29.Johann Muller–50 Kills ((sPz. Abt. 502)--Tigers–Knight's Cross 10/23/44.
30.Josef Dallmeier—50 Kills (Fhr. PzJager Kp.1183)–Hetzer–Knight's Cross 4/3/45(?).
31.Walter Feibig—50+ Kills (StuG Brigade 301)
32.Heinz Kramer – 50+ Kills (sPzAbt. 502)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 10/6/44.
33.Alfredo Carpaneto – 50+ Kills (sPzAbt. 502)–Tigers–Knight's Cross 3/28/45.
34.Oberleutnant Mausberg – 50+ Kills (s.Pz. Abt. 505)–Tigers.
35.Wolfgang Hans Heimer Paul von Bostell–48 Kills–( Pz. Jgr. Kp. 1023, Pz. Jgr. Abt. 205)–Knight's Cross 9/2/44, Oak Leaves 4/30/45.
36.Jurgen Brandt—47 Kills (sS.S.Abt. 101)–Tigers.
37.Heinz Deutsch – 44 Kills (Fsch. StuG Brigade 12) Knight's Cross 4/28/45.
38.Fritz Amling—42+ Kills (in 48 Hrs. with StuG Brigade 202) Knight's Cross 12/5/42.
39.Heinz Scharf—40+ Kills (StuG Brigade 202) Knight's Cross 9/5/44.
40.Walter Oberloskamp – 40+ Kills (StuG Brigade 667) Knight's Cross 5/15/43.
41.Fredrich Tadje—39 Kills (StuG Abt. 190) Knight's Cross 10/24/42.
42.Rudolf Roy—36 Kills (12 S.S. PanzerJager Abt. HJ)–JP IV–Knight's Cross 10/16/44.
43.Gottwald Stier—30+ Kills (StuG Brigade 667) Knight's Cross (date unknown).
44.Josef Trager – 30+ Kills (StuG Brigade 667) Knight's Cross (date unknown).
45.Richard Schram—30 Kills (StuG Brigade 202) Knight's Cross 12/12/42.
46.Karl Pfreundtner—30 Kills (StuG Abt. 244) Knight's Cross 9/18/42.
47.Karl Heinrich Banze – 24 Kills (13 on one day StuG Abt. 244) Knight's Cross 5/27/42.
48.Felix Adamowitsch –23 Kills (in an 8 day period, StuG Abt. 244) Knight's Cross 10/20/44.
49.Eugen Metzger—23 Kills (StuG Abt. 203) Knight's Cross 9/29/41.
50.Hauptmann Rade –23 Kills (StuG Abt. 244)
51.Heinrich Teriete – 22 Kills (in one engagement, sPzJgAbt. 653) Knight's Cross 7/22/43.
52.Franz Staudegger—22+ Kills (sS.S.Pz Abt. 101) Knight's Cross 7/10/43.
53.Franz Kretshmer – 21 Kills (sPzJgAbt. 653) Knight's Cross 12/17/43
54.Horst Naumann—21 Kills (StuG Abt. 184) Knight's Cross 1/4/43
55.Klaus Wagner – 18 Kills (in two days, StuG Abt. 667)
56.Hermann Feldheim—16 Kills (sPzJgAbt. 654)
57.Heinrich Engel –15 Kills (StuG Abt. 259) Knight's Cross 11/7/43
58. Rudolf von Ribbentrop– 14 Kills (LSSAH+ HJ) Knight's Cross 7/20/43.59. Wachtmeister Moj–12 Kills (StuG Abt. 190)
60. Siegfried Freyer– 11 Kills in one engagement (Pz. Abt. 24) Knight's Cross 7/23/43.
61. Alfred Reginitor–10 Kills (StuG Abt. 279) Knight's Cross (date unknown).

***Since I originally posted this article, I have found 2 more German tank aces to add to the list:

Addendum: April 5, 2014.

1. Georg Bose -44 kills; Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 21 September 1944; (1./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 177). Bose is also appears in Season 1, Episode 9, of the cable tv series, Greatest Tank Battles, "The Battle of Kursk: The Northern Front." Bose also wrote, prior to his passing, a 3 volume memoir of his service with the German forces in World War II. Dragon Models, in 2007, released a 1/35th scale plastic model kit, and a 1/72nd scale fully assembled diecast model of Bose's StuG.; and a 1/6th scale action figure of Bose in World War II uniform.

2. Bodo Spranz-76 kills; Knight's Cross on 3 October 1943 (I. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237); Oak Leaves on 3 October 1943 (I. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 237). Dragon Models, in 2008, released a 1/35th scale plastic model kit, and a 1/72nd scale fully assembled diecast model of Bose's StuG.; and a 1/6th scale action figure of Spranz in World War II uniform.

Addendum: April 7, 2014.

Here are more WWII German tank aces that I have found to add to the list (as found at http://www.ww2f.com/...hting-vehicles/):

3. Oberleutnant Knarth, 68 kills, s. Pz. Abt. 505.

4. Oberfeldwebel Litzke, 76 kills, s. Pz. Abt. 509.

5. SS Obersturmfuhrer Kalls, ? kills, 8th s. Pz-Kp. then SS s. Pz.-KP "Das Reich" (unit which later became s.Pz. Abt. 102 (502).

6. Feldwebel Rempel, destroying, on one occasion, 18-T34s with a Tiger on it's way to be repaired; 13th Schwere Kompanie/III Abtielung, Grossdeutschland Division.

7. Oberleutnant Beyer who scored 10-T34 kills on 16th November 1943.

8. Oberfeldwebel Hermann Eckhardt; 78 Kills on the Eastern Front using Panzer IV and StuGs whilst serving with Panzer Abt. 8; Ritterkreuz on 18/3/45. Eckardt also served with 15 Panzer Div. in Afrika, so, his total is probably a few more.

9. Hans Klöckner with the Königstiger alone accounted for over 28 Soviet Tanks; SS Schwere Pz. Abt. 503.

10. Commander Hans Diers, 52? kills. On 30 April 1945, Diers moved his Tiger 2 towards the Reichstag and knocked out around 30 Soviet T-34's.

11. Oberleutnant Knarth, 68 kills, s. Pz. Abt. 505.

12. Oberfeldwebel Litzke, 76 kills, s. Pz. Abt. 509.

13. Karl Körner was a great ace-during the battle for Berlin, in ONE action, he accounted for 39 Stalin tanks alone. 19 April 1945, 3 Tigers engage over 100 T-34/85's and a company of JS II's with Hauptscharführer Harrer and 1 other Tiger. On this date Karl Körner, his 25th birthday scores his 76th kill in fighting against JS II's at night with the useage of flares; SS Schwere Pz. Abt. 503.

14. Alfons Stegmaier of 2nd SS Pz. Jager 2 with the StuG. III, 25 plus kills; German Cross winner.

15. Roland Paul of 2nd SS Pz. Jager 2 with the StuG III and later Pz. Jager IV, 45 plus kills.

16. Jakob Lobmeyer of 15th SS Pz. Jager and later his own SS Pz. Jager 561, some 50 plus kills using the Hetzer.

17. Hauptscharführer Harrer destroyed 25 Soviet tanks on 19 April 1945, when 3 Tigers, one of them being commanded by Karl Körner, who is mentioned above, engaged over 100, T-34/85's and a company of JS II's; SS Schwere Pz. Abt. 503.



I have included pictures of the first 5 German tank aces on the list (left to right): 1. Kurt Knispel; 2. Martin Schroif; 3. Otto Carius; 4. Johannes (Hans) Boelter; 5. Michael Wittmann.

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:51 PM

Nice topic, good work

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Posted 30 March 2014 - 06:53 PM

Nice topic, good work

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 05:34 AM

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:02 AM

Nice nice

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:03 AM

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:36 AM

Great topic
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Posted 31 March 2014 - 07:42 AM

Great topic

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 12:47 PM

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Posted 01 April 2014 - 01:42 AM

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 02:59 AM

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:01 PM

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:38 PM

Thanks Rev! :)

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:51 PM

Amazing work well done

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:52 PM

Impressive

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Posted 02 April 2014 - 06:57 PM

cmerrywurst my friend. Have you see the pervert pictures?

Hello driver-dog! No, I haven't (and I have no idea what you're talking about). If it's something perverted, I have no desire to see or have anything to do with it.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 03:46 AM

Hello driver-dog! No, I haven't (and I have no idea what you're talking about). If it's something perverted, I have no desire to see or have anything to do with it.


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Posted 03 April 2014 - 09:00 AM

Best topic

Thanks Thomi! :)

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