Hans von Luck

Hans von Luck

Army Officer
Born Jul 15, 1911

Hans-Ulrich Freiherr von Luck und Witten, usually shortened to Hans von Luck, was a Colonel in the German Armored Forces during World War II. He served with the 7th Panzer Division and 21st Panzer Division, seeing action in Poland, France, North Africa, Italy and Russia. He was a close associate of Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel. He is author of the book Panzer Commander.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Hans von Luck.


1911 Birth Born on July 15, 1911.
1917 5 Years Old On 1 April 1917 Luck enrolled in the Monastery School in Flensburg. … Read More


1929 17 Years Old In 1929, after taking his Abitur, Luck started his career as an Army officer, serving as a cadet in a Silesian cavalry regiment. … Read More
1931 19 Years Old Through the winter of 1931 to 1932 Luck attended a nine-month course, led by Erwin Rommel, at the infantry school in Dresden, to complete his commission as a junior officer.


1932 - 1934 2 More Events
1936 24 Years Old In 1936 Luck assumed command over the 3rd company in the 8th Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion, stationed in Potsdam. … Read More
1939 27 Years Old In 1939 he was posted to the 2nd Light Division, serving with the 7th Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion. On 1 September 1939 the 2nd Light Division, under General Georg Stumme, attacked Poland. … Read More
1940 28 Years Old On 6 February 1940 General Rommel assumed command of the unit. … Read More


…  On 2 January 1942 Luck was awarded a new honor that Hitler had created, the German Cross in Gold. … Read More
1943 31 Years Old On 1 February 1943 Rommel attacked the Americans in Tunisia after they had landed in Morocco during Operation Torch. … Read More
1944 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In March 1944 he was sent on a short course for regimental commanders in Berlin, and in the beginning of April Luck assumed command over the 130th Panzer Lehr Regiment in the elite Panzer Lehr Division, led by Generalleutenant Bayerlein. … Read More
1945 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In January 1945, when the division was moved to the Oder front, Luck played a major role in the division's operations along the Reitwein Spur.


1997 86 Years Old Hans von Luck died in Hamburg on 1 August 1997, shortly after his eighty–sixth birthday. … Read More
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