Hubert Brinkforth

Hubert Brinkforth

Birth
Marl, Kreis Recklinghausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 5 Jun 1942 (aged 26)
Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Burial Sologubovka, Leningrad Oblast, Russia
Plot Block 4, Reihe 12, Grab 1184
Memorial ID 132226692 · View Source
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Knight's Cross Holder. He is most notable for being the first enlisted man to be awarded the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross. Prior to the restoration of the Iron Cross in 1939, most awards of German major medals for bravery were made to officers and the nobility. This award was designed to be given without regard rank or position. He was awarded the medal for his actions as a Schuetze (equivalent to a Private) on April 27, 1940, during the Battle of France, when he destroyed nine British tanks near Huppy using his PAK 36 anti-tank gun. This action earned him mention in the Wehrmachtbericht: "On the southern front, lone enemy attacks with tanks were repulsed on the lower Somme. Here thirty enemy tanks were destroyed, nine of them by Schütze Brinkforth." Promotion to Gefreiter and the immediate award of the Iron Cross Second Class followed. Field Marshall von Manstein nominated him for the Knight's Cross, which was awarded on March 7, 1941 (received on April 1, 1941 from General Josef Harpe) along with the Iron Cross First Class and a promotion to Obergefreiter. He served in the 14th Tank Defense Company, 25th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, and was killed in action in Russia during a Soviet artillery attack near Pogostje. He was also awarded the Wound Badge in Black, the Panzer Assault Badge, the Winter War Medal, and the Eastern Front Medal and was promoted to Unteroffizier shortly before his death.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert


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  • Created by: Galil
  • Added: 2 Jul 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 132226692
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hubert Brinkforth (15 Apr 1916–5 Jun 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 132226692, citing Sologubowka German War Cemetery, Sologubovka, Leningrad Oblast, Russia ; Maintained by Galil (contributor 48247441) .