As many of you know, the Nashorn ace Albert Ernst happens to be my great grandfather. He did some pretty interesting stuff, so I figured I'd give him his own page. Too bad he doesn't have a smart phone, or I'd send it to him.... XD
"...millions have fallen before me, including many family and friends; I am not afraid to become the last."
Born: November 15th, 1912 in Wolfsburg
Death: --- Still alive
On February 1st, 1942, He was awarded the Iron Cross, First Class
He was involved in the Battle of Vitebsk, in which his Nashorn "Buffalo" took down 19 Soviet tanks, as well as a ground attack fighter. He also took out a JS-2 at 4,800 meters. Following the battle, he was nicknamed the "Tiger of Vitebsk" and received the Knight's Cross.
Following this, he was transferred to the Jagdpanthers of the 1299th Tank Destroyer Battalion. He fought at Olita, where his vehicle was disabled and he had to fight off wave after wave of attacking Russian infantry. He was shot in the head by a Nagan pistol defending his vehicle, and they were forced to retreat.
Ernst was transferred to Germany to treat his wounds, where he received the Honor Roll Clasp and Wound Badge in Gold. Although he was not supposed to continue fighting, he was called to Berlin to join Special-Purpose Unit Skorenzy, where he used his knowledge of English and French to masquerade as a US "Captain" commanding the 405th Armor. He there met Otto Skorenzy (who talked at length about the possible V3). He participated in Operation Griffin.
Later, he was transferred to the 512th Heavy Tank Destroyer Battalion and was stationed in the Ruhr pocket as a Jagdtiger commander. He was tasked with the job of covering the withdrawal of the German forces following the failed assault on the Remagen bridgehead. He then fell back to Iserlohn, where eventually he surrendered Hemer, then Iserlohn to American forces, despite disgust from local civilians. He refused to leave his men when offered his freedom, and forced the American Lieutenant Colonel, Bob Kriz, to take him into custody with his men.
Hauptmann Albert Ernst later moved into Iserlohn, and currently lives there to this day, writing occasionally to his good friend Bob Kriz.
Video of his surrender: https://www.youtube....h?v=JjD5lj7ywQM
References: My great grandfather