2 Panzer 39 Pioneer KIA
3rd Panzer Division, 2nd Panzer Abteilung, Pioneer Battalion 39
OberLt. Wilhelm 'Willi' Knapp, KIA
Wilhelm Knapp, 2. Regt., 39 Pioneer Battalion served beginning pre-war from Gefreiter to Ober Lieutnant before his death in Russia in June of 1944.
He was awarded the Sports Badge, October 1938 Austrian Anchluss Medal with Clasp General Assault Badge, Iron Cross 2nd Class 3 October 1941, Iron Cross 1st Class 21 May 1942 and Eastern Front Medal 15 June 1944 Posthumously.I
The 3rd Panzer Division mobilized on 8/1/39 and included the.5th Panzer Brigade with the 2 Panzer Regiment to include the 39th Pioneer Battalion. The 2nd Panzer Regiment was equipped with Panzer MK IV tanks in late WWII. They served from the Occupation of Austrua, in the Invasion of Poland, France, and Operation Barbarrossa.