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Gerhard Reinicke
Born (1914-04-11)11 April 1914
Died 4 July 1997(1997-07-04) (aged 83)
Place of birth Berlin
Place of death Viersen
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Feldwebel
Unit 3rd Panzer Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gerhard Reinicke (11 April 1914 – 4 July 1997) was a German tank commander and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Feldwebel Reinicke especially distinguished himself during one of the toughest days of his battalion, namely 6 July 1941. On that day he attacked a group of Russian artillery and anti-tank positions and was able to destroy an artillery battery as well as two extra guns during the fighting. He further acquitted himself while helping to evacuate wounded comrades of a neighbouring company, being the last man to leave the battlefield. For these deeds, as well as his past distinguished service (he had lost an arm in the battle of France) he was awarded the Knight’s Cross. [1]

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  1. Veterans of the 3rd Panzer Division (2012). Armoured Bears: Volume One. Stackpole Books. p. 163-164.


  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.