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Offline spelk

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Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« on: April 25, 2013, 07:47:22 AM »
"The remains of Kurt Knispel - who was the tank warfare equivalent of what the Red Baron was to flight - were found by historians at the Moravian Museum in Vrbovec lying in an unmarked grave for German soldiers at a cemetery in Znojemsko."

http://www.croatiantimes.com/news/Around_the_World/2013-04-17/32974/TIGER_IN_THE_TANK_-_Historians_Find_Body_Of_German_War_Hero


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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2013, 08:14:49 AM »
I'd never heard of him before.  Cool story. 

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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 08:19:58 AM »
Yeah, sounds like a unique historical figure... almost a caricature of a real-life figure.
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2013, 10:26:34 AM »
I had never heard of him either. How is he not as widely known as Wittman?
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2013, 10:36:25 AM »
I had never heard of him either. How is he not as widely known as Wittman?

This I would presume ...

Though he was recommended for it four times, Knispel never received the coveted Knight's Cross, a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces. But he was not keen for honours, and when there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank, Knispel always stepped back, always willing to credit success to someone else.
 
Knispel's slow promotion is attributed to several conflicts with higher Nazi authorities and he once assaulted a senior officer whom he saw mistreating Soviet POWs.
 
He also had longer than allowed hair and a beard and a tattoo - the latter that was used to identify him when his body was found in an unmarked grave on the Czech-Austrian border.
 
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2013, 10:38:59 AM »
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2013, 12:01:00 PM »
I had never heard of him either. How is he not as widely known as Wittman?

This I would presume ...

Though he was recommended for it four times, Knispel never received the coveted Knight's Cross, a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces. But he was not keen for honours, and when there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank, Knispel always stepped back, always willing to credit success to someone else.
 
Knispel's slow promotion is attributed to several conflicts with higher Nazi authorities and he once assaulted a senior officer whom he saw mistreating Soviet POWs.
 
He also had longer than allowed hair and a beard and a tattoo - the latter that was used to identify him when his body was found in an unmarked grave on the Czech-Austrian border.

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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2013, 02:05:26 PM »
he was profiled in the second Panzer Aces book.  quite the character that one!

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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2013, 07:03:02 PM »
He sounds like the panzer equivalent of Luftwaffe ace Hans-Joachim Marseille.
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2013, 09:51:24 PM »
...I was thinking he was sort of the Axis version of Oddball from Kelly's Heroes.
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Re: Tiger in the Tank - Kurt Knispel found!
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 12:23:26 AM »
get those books.  theyre excellent reads.
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