Kurt Knispel

Tank gunner

1921   -   1945

country of citizenship: Germany
occupation: soldier
award received: German Cross in Gold

Kurt Knispel (20 September 1921 – 28 April 1945) was a German tank commander during World War II, notable for claiming 168 tanks destroyed, making him the most successful fighter in armored warfare.Knispel was severely wounded on 28 April 1945 by shrapnel to his head when his Tiger II was hit in battle with Soviet tanks and the ammunition exploded. He died two hours later in a German field hospital.On 10 April 2013, Czech authorities said that Knispel's remains were found with 15 other German soldiers behind a church wall in Vrbovec, identified by his dog tags.On 12 November 2014, the German War Graves Commission reburied his remains at the Central Brno military cemetery in Brno. He was buried with 41 other German soldiers who died in Moravia and Silesia.
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