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Hennecke Volckens
Born (1916-08-16)16 August 1916
Died 16 December 1942(1942-12-16) (aged 26)
Place of birth Hamburg
Place of death Near Mosdok
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Hauptmann
Unit 3rd Panzer Division

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Hennecke Volckens (16 August 1916 – 16 December 1942) 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.


Hauptmann Volckens was a company commander in the 3rd Panzer Division when it took up static positions in the Caucasus in late 1942. 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 nominated for the Knight’s Cross.[1] However he died due to injuries sustained in battle the day before he was due to receive it.

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  1. Veterans of the 3rd Panzer Division (2012). Armoured Bears: Volume Two. Stackpole Books. p. 90.


  • 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. 

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