1st Company, 25th Panzer Regiment, 7th Panzer Division
Oberfeldwebel Johann Hans Purkell
OCT 38 Medal with spange
Promotion document 1/Oct./41 Unteroffizier to.Feldwebel
EK2 Unterofizier Hans Purkel 10/Oct./41
BWB Feldwebel 12/ Oct./41
Eastern Front Medal Oberfeldwebel 22/Aug/42
Panzer Regiment 25 was attached to the 7th Panzer Division from October 1939. The regiment took part in the campaign in France earning the name "Ghost Division". In early summer 1941, the division was transferred East and refitted for the beginning of the Russian campaign, subordinated to Panzer Group 3 and fought at Vilna, Minsk and pushed through Smolensk and Vyazma almost to Moscow. After the retreat in the winter of 1941/42, the regiment was deployed in the Rshew area. In May 1942, the division to France to freshen up. From there, they returned to the east, followed by operations at Bjelgorod, Kiev and Zhitomir. In 1944, the regiment fought at Tarnopol, Kamenetz-Podolsk, Brody, Minsk, Lida and Courland. The end of the war found the regiment withdrawn across the Vistula and Narew to the Hela peninsula.