THE FRONT IS WHERE THE TANKS ARE – KNIGHT’S CROSS HOLDER LUDWIG BAUER REMEMBERS THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE

Gott mit uns! German Military History 1848-1945

PANZER COMMANDER IN THE ARDENNES – AN INTERVIEW WITH GERMAN PANZERTRUPPE VETERAN LUDWIG BAUER

PART ONE

20161008_180813-021 Ludwig Bauer talking to Dan Snow and Robin Schäfer, Hannover 2016

At the time of this interview Ludwigs health made a personal visit impossible. It was conducted and recorded via the telephone on 27 November 2016

Ludwig, for a start please tell us a bit about yourself and your military career 

I joined the Wehrmacht on 4 February 1941 as an officer aspirant and was posted to the 3rd company of Panzer-Ersatz-Abteilung 33 at St. Pölten-Spratzern in Austria. This was the Ersatz and Ausbildungs (replacement and training) unit of Panzer-Regiment 33. There I was trained on various Panzer models (II, III and IV) and later received special weapons training at gun layer.  After training I saw action on the Eastern Front after being posted there in August 1941 during Operation Barbarossa. For reasons unknown…

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