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He quite literally led his detachment from the first armored personnel carrier, a practice which cost him his life on 17 October 1941, outside Mednoye. Eckinger attempted to rush past a group of Soviet tanks in order to force just one more bridge crossing; the Russians opened fire and destroyed his vehicle. " Eckinger received the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross posthumously. Rolf O. G. Stoves, Die 1. ), p. 110; Horst Reibenstahl, The 1st Panzer Division, 1935-1945, A Pictorial History (West Chester PA: Schiffer, 1990), p.
As a result, a great number of men and particularly materiel was lost. This was the final outcome of the advance toward Torzhok, an advance which Corps had opposed in the first place. The Defense of Kalinin The Russians now constantly intensified their attempts to recapture Kalinin, the junction which was of great importance to them. Captured Russian orders indicated that the Russian Supreme Command had given a time limit to the commanders and commissars in the Kalinin area, by which they had to recapture the city, and had threatened with the penalty of death for non-compliance.
Eckinger, who had been the first officer in the division to win the Knight's Cross, raced for Kalinin and beyond, heedless of supplies and threats to his flanks. He quite literally led his detachment from the first armored personnel carrier, a practice which cost him his life on 17 October 1941, outside Mednoye. Eckinger attempted to rush past a group of Soviet tanks in order to force just one more bridge crossing; the Russians opened fire and destroyed his vehicle. " Eckinger received the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross posthumously.
A Study of War (Volume II) by Wright, Quincy