Kurt Knispel

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Kurt Knispel
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Kurt Knispel
Born (1921-09-20)20 September 1921
Salisfeld (Salisov), Czechoslovakia
Died 28 April 1945(1945-04-28) (aged 23)
Urbau, Czechoslovakia
Allegiance Nazi Germany Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1940–45
Rank Feldwebel
Unit 12th Panzer Division
503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion
Battles/wars World War II
Awards German Cross in Gold, Iron Cross First Class, Tank Assault Badge in Gold

Kurt Knispel (20 September 1921, Salisfeld, Sudetenland, now part of Zlaté Hory, Czech Republic – 28 April 1945) was a German (of Sudeten Germans) tank commander in the Wehrmacht during World War II.

On April 10, 2013 Czech authorities confirmed that Knispel's remains were found with 15 other German soldiers behind a church wall in Vrbovec. He was identified by his dog tags.[1][2] On November 12, 2014 his remains were reburied at the military cemetery in Brno together with 41 other German soldiers who died in various places in Moravia and Silesia.[3]



  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2.