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#1 Panzer-Blitz

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 06:02 PM

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

 

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"...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

Home: Iserlohn

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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

 

:) Happy story

 

References: My great grandfather

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:58 PM

Hard to believe that's your grandfather!

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 09:03 AM

Yeah. He's really sweet and funny. You know, that typical grandparent who likes to spoil all his great grandkids rotten. Except he could also kick my butt too lol.
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Posted 17 December 2015 - 07:01 AM

is he still alive?


kill my friends or kill any member of AMMO, UNIT, or my clan (ROSE), my gf, heavy unit k9, or any low lvl/small tank and I will show no mercy to him (take note: I'm short tempered meaning I'm easy to make mad)

 


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 12:02 PM

Yes. And he stills lives in Iserlohn lol.



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 12:43 PM

Age? .-.


kill my friends or kill any member of AMMO, UNIT, or my clan (ROSE), my gf, heavy unit k9, or any low lvl/small tank and I will show no mercy to him (take note: I'm short tempered meaning I'm easy to make mad)

 


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 12:54 PM

103. Which means he's going to kick the bucket soon :(



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Posted 17 December 2015 - 12:56 PM

103. Which means he's going to kick the bucket soon :(

holy o-o


kill my friends or kill any member of AMMO, UNIT, or my clan (ROSE), my gf, heavy unit k9, or any low lvl/small tank and I will show no mercy to him (take note: I'm short tempered meaning I'm easy to make mad)

 


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 03:05 PM

He's really old....but he can still kick butt



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 07:27 AM

He's really old....but he can still kick butt

u know what u need to do, is u need to try to convince him to get a forums acc cuz I'm sure most of us most likely really wants to see him :3


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kill my friends or kill any member of AMMO, UNIT, or my clan (ROSE), my gf, heavy unit k9, or any low lvl/small tank and I will show no mercy to him (take note: I'm short tempered meaning I'm easy to make mad)

 


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Posted 03 February 2016 - 08:36 AM

103. Which means he's going to kick the bucket soon :(

Nope think positiv he will make it still a lot of years.

Thanks for telling us that very interesting story



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Posted 25 February 2016 - 02:06 PM

Hello Supreme commander,

Very interesting story,
We are in the very first stage of restorating a Nashorn Panzer.
We would really get in contact with your granddad for some info and pictures.
Hope you are willing to help us

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Posted 25 February 2016 - 05:31 PM

You're restoring a Nashorn tank destroyer? Where did you find something like that?

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:19 AM

We only have the first parts, waiting for the rest, these days this is comming from the east.

We hope to have the first pictures in 1 month from now
Can you sent me an email (direct)

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:53 AM

Well I suppose......

 

Excuse me, it's not every day you hear someone is trying to rebuild a World War II vehicle....so I apologize for being a little miffed.

 

I don't know how much I'll be able to get out of my great grandpa (he is very old, and I do not wish to disturb him too much), but I will do my best to help you.

 

My business Email is littleeagle@embarqmail.com

 

I would like to know what the first parts you are receiving are...I enjoy studying such things as the Nashorn (armor buff on a tank forum? Go figure!)

 

~Blitzy~

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Posted 22 March 2016 - 04:06 PM

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