* 25.09.1918 Lollar, Krs. Gießen/Hessen
+ 29.04.2002 Freiburg
Awarded Knights Cross : 29.04.1945
as: Oberscharführer Panzerkommandant schw.PzAbt 502
Signed 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" postwar photo
Willi "Wilhelm" Fey (25 September 1918 – 29 April 2002) He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II. Following the war, he served in the Bundeswehr and wrote books on armored warfare.
According to Krätschmer, Fey was nominated for the Knight's Cross by the Kampfgruppe Wilhelm Mohnke during the Battle of Berlin. Fey had been tasked with the leadership of an ad hoc tank hunting group made up of soldiers from the 11th Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland and 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French). From 22–29 April 1945, he fought with this group in the area from Köpenicker Straße to the central government district that included the Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker. In combat at the Belle-Alliance-Platz, present-day Mehringplatz, Fey destroyed eight Soviet T-34 tanks with the Panzerfaust, taking his total of tanks destroyed in close combat fighting to 14. For these actions he was awarded the Knight's Cross on 29 April 1945
Veit Scherzer disputes the legality of Fey's award, if it was either authorized by General Burgdorf or, given to Fey directly by Hitler. Scherzer rules this bestowal out, there is no proof or traces at all in the Bundesarchiv of this. And therefore, Fey is not considered a legit RKT by Scherzer
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