|Birth: ||Aug. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 2009, Germany|
Ernst Barkmann was the son of a german farmer, born in 1919. He joined German paramilitary activities in 1936 and was in the tank corps from 1939 throughout WW2. His exploits as a tank commander at St Lo during the Normandy invasion were the song of legend. Alone with his panther tank and crew, he disabled several of our tanks and support vehicles. This place is remembered today as "Barkmanns Corner". There, he single handedly took on an advancing file of 15 USA Shermans and additional support vehicles. At the end of this action, he limped away, his panther shot up, having halted or put out of action the Sherman column. For a single action by a sole tank commander it is one of the greatest tank encounters of any war, in any theater, ever.
His exploits at "Barkmanns's Corner" near St. Lo, 1944 earned for him the Knights Cross rating of the iron cross.
Later during the Normandy campaign, he was ordered to advance (under fire) to recover captured germam soldiers and equipment and was successful in doing so. During these rescue missions his panther tank was repeatedly hit, finally being out of action by our air attacks. He was wounded on at least two occassions, once severely on the russian front in 1942. That action earned him the Iron Cross, 2nd class. He was later awarded an Iron Cross, 1st Class. These and his Knights Cross award distiungush him above his peers. His battle experiences had him in many of the classic european hot spots of the war including winter in russia 1942-43, Operation Citadel (Kursk)1943, Normandy 1944, the Ardennes in 1944 - 45 and the fighting against the russians around Berlin in 1945.
After the war he returned to civilian life, becoming the fire chief of Kisdorf fire department. He is buried in Germany in the town of Kisdorf.
(There has never been a validation of the
"Barkmanns Corner" encounter by the US Army.)
Created by: billcarr
Record added: Nov 19, 2009
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Rest in peace. Godspeed!|
Added: Nov. 19, 2009