19 February 1915|
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Kingdom of Prussia
|Died||16 September 1987
Mülheim an der Ruhr, West Germany
|Years of service||1933–45|
|Unit||schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Hauptmann Johannes Bölter (born February 19, 1915 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, North Rhine-Westphalia, died September 16, 1987 in Mülheim an der Ruhr) was a German Wehrmacht tank commander during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Johannes Bölter destroyed 139 tanks (some sources place his score as high as 144) during World War II. Together with Kurt Knispel, Otto Carius, Ernst Barkmann and Michael Wittmann he is considered to have been one of the most successful tank commanders in history.
- Wound Badge
- Black (2 July 1940)
- Silver (8 February 1943)
- Gold (3 August 1944)
- Panzer Badge
- Silver (26 June 1940)
- II Class (15 July 1944)
- III Class (1 September 1944)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- German Cross in Gold (29 March 1943)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1997, p. 60.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 137.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 88.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). 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] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6.
- Kurowski, Franz (1992). Panzer Aces. New York: Ballantine Book. ISBN 0-345-44884-7.
- Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
- Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6.
- "Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45". Johannes Bölter. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- "Tiger I Information Center". Johannes Bölter. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
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