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Friedrich Anding
Born 26 June 1915
Died 7 February 1996(1996-02-07) (aged 80)
Place of birth Göttingen
Place of death Radevormwald
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Hauptmann of the Reserves
Unit Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Großdeutschland"
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Friedrich Anding (26 June 1915 – 7 February 1996) was a German Hauptmann of the Reserves in the Wehrmacht during World War II.


Anding was born on the 26 June 1915 in Göttingen[1] and became a mid-level Beamter (civil servant) with the Reichsbahn (German Reich Railway) in Göttingen.

With the end of the training and subsequent testing, the confiscation to the military service at the 14th (anti-tank) took place on the 3 November 1937 company of infantry regiment 82. He will be transferred to Berlin-Döberitz in October 1938 after special examination in the 14 Corps of infantry Lehr Regiment. This made the regiment "Grossdeutschland", now Anding with 14 anti-tank company was in December 1939 along with the guard battalion in Berlin. In December 1939 he was appointed as a non-commissioned officer a 3.7 cm Pak gun leader, with which he takes part eventually in May 1940 in the invasion. During these battles, he is wounded tanks firing at sedan in the 15 May 1940 after his 9. Again recovered, he comes back to his company and takes part in the Balkans campaign then with this. There as gun guide of a 5 cm Pak train mot and others at Belgrade in use, he is in the triangle on the Raven place Commandant appointed and entrusted with security tasks. It followed the heavy bets on the eastern front, where he will be transferred in October 1941 as Commander of 5 cm Pak turn of 10 (heavy) company in the 2nd Battalion. On the 16 August 1942, he is appointed to the war an officer candidate and commanded in January 1943 at the weapons school Wünsdorf and then finally appointed active officer with unlimited war commitment. A company commander course and use as a training officer, Ensign father for tank destroyer and storm artillerymen at the officer candidate school "Grossdeutschland" in Cottbus followed then until December 1944. It followed the transfer to the tank destroyer Division "GD". As a Lieutenant of the reserve and adjutant of the Panzerjäger Department Division "Grossdeutschland" Anding received the Knights Cross. Anding received this award according to award proposal for the elimination of 6 tanks and 5 armored vehicles in the area of Londonderry on 14 and 15 April 1945 during an enemy attack. On these two days nine tanks and the upper Gefreite Stützle shot down also 7 more Panzer major Walle (battalion commander), for which she received the Knight's cross. Thus, they prevented an attack on the flank of the just in the procedure Division "Clausewitz". All three tanks destroyed together 2 British companies.

In July 1945, Anding came to 70% War Disabled in Radevormwald. After exercise again operational he acquired the sports badge in gold by the famous Baden sports instructor Hans Schäfer in 1964.

In the post-war period, he joined in as a reserve officer of the Bundeswehr and reached the rank of Captain of the reserve there. On many photos can also a German cross seen on the uniform, however any stubs for it. Friedrich's Reding died on the 7 February 1996 in Radevormwald.




  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 116.
  3. Scherzer 2007, p. 192.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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