George Harrison accepting, in German, a Bravo Otto Award on behalf of The Beatles, included with the magazine Bravo in its 21 March 1966 issue.
“Hallo liebe Bravo-Freunde, hier spricht George Harrison. Wir Beatles haben uns alle sehr gefreut, dass ihr uns zur beliebtesten Beat-Gruppe gewählt habt. Wir sind sehr stolz auf unseren Bravo-Otto und dass wir in Deutschland so viele Freunde haben. Besonders, weil wir haben so viele schöne Erinnerungen an ‘good old Germany.’ John, Paul und Ringo haben mich gebeten, euch in ihrem Namen zu sagen: Thank you very, very much, von ganzem Herzen Dankeschön. Und alles Gute allen unseren Fans und besonders allen Bravo-Lesern. Euer George Harrison”
“Hello dear Bravo friends, George Harrison speaking. Us Beatles were all very pleased that you voted for us as your favorite beat group. We are very proud of our Bravo Otto and that we have so many friends in Germany. Especially because we have so many nice memories of good old Germany. John, Paul and Ringo asked me to tell you on their behalf: thank you very, very much, thank you wholeheartedly. And all the best to all our fans and especially all Bravo readers. Yours, George Harrison”
Kurt Knispel (1921 – 1945) was a Sudeten German Heer Panzer loader, gunner and later commander, and was the highest scoring tank ace of World War II with a total of 168 confirmed tank kills,the actual number, although unconfirmed is as high as 195.He is counted with Johannes Bolter, Ernst Barkmann, Otto Carius and Michael Wittmann as being one of, if not, the greatest tank aces of all time.
Knispel was born in Salisfeld of Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia.After completing his apprenticeship in a automobile factory in 1940, Knispel applied to join the armoured branch of the German Army.
For his basic training, Knispel went to the Panzer Replacement Training Battalion at Sagan in Lower Silesia. There he received basic infantry training before tank training on the Panzer I, Panzer II, and Panzer IV. On October 1940, he was transferred to the 3rd Company of the 29th Panzer Regiment, 12th Panzer Division where he finished his training as a loader and gunner on a Panzer IV.Training lasted until June 1941 and consisted of courses at Sagan and Putlos.
Knispel first saw action in August 1941 in a Panzer IV tank,during Operation Barbarossa. By January 1943 had returned to Putlos to undergo his training in the new Tiger I tank.Next he was transferred to the 1st Company of the 503rd Heavy Panzer Battalion (Schwere Panzer-Abteilung 503) where he took part in the Battle of Kursk and saw further action in other battles.
From there he went on to commanding of a Tiger II (King Tiger), when his unit was re-equipped, and fought around Caen and in the retreat from Normandy. From there the unit was transferred back to the Eastern Front and continue to fought in many battles.His final battle was in Wostitz where he was fatally wounded on April 1945, ten days before the end of war.
He was awarded the Iron Cross, First and Second Class, after destroying his fiftieth enemy tank and the Tank Assault Badge in Gold after more than 100 tank battles. When Knispel had destroyed 126 enemy tanks, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold,(May 1944). He became the only non-commissioned officer (Unteroffizier) of the German army to be named in a Wehrmacht communique,(April 1944).
Although he was recommended four times, he was never awarded the Knight’s Cross (a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces).
Unlike some other commanders,Knispel was never pursuit decorations. When there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank,always stepped back,willing to credit success to someone else.
Knispel was an excellent gunner (he is credited with knocking out a T-34 at 3,000 metres) and as a tank commander was also in his own element.At times he faced superior enemies he gave the units he was supporting the best chance to advance or the safest passage of retreat. Alfred Rubbel, one of Knispel’s first commanders, stated that when he was on the field of battle he never abandoned anyone,even in the worst of situations and conditions.
In 1933, Max Hansen joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe and by 1939 was
the commander of the 12th Company in the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.
In 1941, he was awarded the German Cross in Gold and promoted to
Sturmbannführer (Major). He was given command of the II./1st Panzer
Grenadier Regiment LSSAH.
It was whilst commanding this battalion
during the Third Battle of Kharkov on 28 March 1943 that Hansen was
awarded the Knight’s Cross. His battalion broke through to Red Square in
Kharkov, conducted house-to-house
fighting and opened the way to the city centre, so that the northern
part of Kharkov could be taken.
Hansen later went on to command the 1st SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment
LSSAH. With his regiment he took part in the Ardennes Offensive and the
offensive in Hungary, Operation Spring Awakening in 1945 during which he
was awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross. He ended the war as a
Hansen was born on 31 July 1908 in Niebüll, Germany, and died on 7 March, 1990 in his home town of Niebüll, aged 81.
did anyone look suspicious? where do we start, detective? i mean, look at those big strong hands. perfect for squeezing the life out of someone. oh, ginger lad! soulless bastards. give even me the creeps.