|Born||10 October 1914|
|Died||31 July 1986(aged 71)|
|Place of birth||Strehlitz|
|Place of death||Wiesbaden|
Nazi Germany (to 1945)|
|Years of service||
|Unit||4th Panzer Division|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Hermann Bix (10 October 1914 – 31 July 1986) was a highly decorated panzer ace in the Wehrmacht. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Biography[edit | edit source]
Hermann Bix was born October 10, 1914 in Strehlitz in the former region of Silesia. He attended vocational school for mechanical engineering and later joined the Wehrmacht in 1935. In October 1941 he was awarded the Iron Cross I Class for single-handedly destroying a Russian motorized battalion near Baturyn. During 1942 he was wounded twice and was awarded the German Cross in Gold.
Bix destroyed 75 tanks in 61 Battle Days, including 16 in a single day. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on March 22, 1945 and before the end of the war he was named an officer cadet. In 1956 he joined the Bundeswehr and served until 1970.
Medals and Decorations[edit | edit source]
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (30 May 1940)
- 1st Class (20 October 1941)
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black
- in Silver (18 August 1944)
- Eastern Front Medal
- Panzer Badge
- II Class (18 August 1944)
- IV (100) (22 March 1945)
- German Cross in Gold (5 November 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 March 1945 as Oberfeldwebel and Zugführer 3./Panzer-Regiment 35
References[edit | edit source]
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 114.
- Alman, Karl (2008). Panzer vor - Die dramtische Geschichte der deutschen Panzerwaffe und ihre tapferen Soldaten (in German). Würzburg, Germany: Flechsig Verlag. ISBN 978-3-88189-638-2.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- Kurowski, Franz. 2004."Panzer Aces:German Tank Commanders of WWII. Mechanicsburg PA, USA.StackPole Books. ISBN 0-8117-3173-1.
- 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 Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.