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Johannes Bölter

Johannes Bölter
Born (1915-02-19)19 February 1915
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 16 September 1987(1987-09-16) (aged 72)
Mülheim an der Ruhr, West Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Hauptmann
Unit schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502

World War II

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.



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  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 137.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 88.
  • Kurowski, Franz (1992). Panzer Aces. New York: Ballantine Book. ISBN 0-345-44884-7.
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  • 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.  

External links

  • "Ritterkreuzträger 1939–45". Johannes Bölter. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  • "Tiger I Information Center". Johannes Bölter. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 

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