German Newsreel: August 1942 "Marshals Rommel and Bastico observe a British armored thrust which is repulsed by heavy artillery. Damaged British tanks litter the battlefield. Rommel decorates anti-tank gunner Gunther Halm on August 7th, 1942. " -------- HALM, Gunther RK: Grenadier, Richtschtz. im Pakzug Stabskomp./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 104 RK: 29.07.42; EK I: 29.07.42; EK II: 29.07.42 http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/AWARDRECIPIENTS/RKdEK_H.html --------- Leutnant GERHARD HALM Gerhard Halm joined the German Army in August 1941 and was posted to a special antitank platoon (104 Regt.), m the 21st Panzer Division part of Rommel's famed Afrikakorps. As a Gefreiter gun-layer on the 7.62 Pak gun he saw action at the capture of Tobruk, in Rommel's drive across North Africa towards Egypt, and a the Battle of El Alamem. In one month, July 1942, in heavy anti- _ tank fighting, he was awarded both the Iron Cross Ist and 2nd class imd on 29 July, the Knight's Cross. He was the second youngest soldier to wm the Knight's Cross in World War II. http://www.airartnw.com/desertvict.htm ----------- http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Personenregister/HalmG-R.htm ----------- Yesss: http://www.unc.edu/courses/2000fall/hist022-002/rommel.html ----------- On David Irving´s " Rommel": The 19-year old Gunther Halm was a gunman with two of 76,2 mm Russian type Flak guns, which were set in the position of being the last line of defence before the enemy tanks would break through. Because there was no way of digging the gun into the rocky soil, tho gunners had to sit on the other end to lessen the recoil.A british column of tanks were coming towards them. In two minutes Halm destroyed four Valentine-tanks. The other tanks stopped and started firing on the weakly camouflaged guns. A shell went between Halm´s legs (??). Another shell took the legs of his gun´s loader. Another man replaced him fast. Halm´s gun hit another five tanks before it was damaged itself so much it could not fire.By then the 21st panzer division was there and finished the rest of the tanks. On of the British tank commanders was angry: " We have two years of training behind us, a long journey over the sea-and for us it is all over in 30 minutes!" A week later Rommel himself put the Knight´s Cross on Halm.