Hans von Luck

Hans von Luck

Colonel + Military Person
Born Jul 15, 1911
Died Jan 15, 1997

Hans-Ulrich 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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1911 Birth Born in 1911.
1917 6 Years Old On 1 April 1917 Luck enrolled in the Monastery School in Flensburg, studying the classic languages such as Latin and Greek. … Read More


1929 18 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 20 Years Old In 1931/32 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 21 Years Old In the autumn of 1932 Luck was promoted to Leutnant, and in 1933 his unit were equipped with their first scout cars, marking the first step towards becoming an armoured reconnaissance battalion.
1934 23 Years Old On 30 June 1934 Luck's unit took part in the Night of the Long Knives, arresting several Sturmabteilung members in Stettin.
1936 25 Years Old In 1936 Luck assumed command over the third company in the 8th Armoured Reconnaissance Battalion, stationed in Potsdam. … Read More
1939 28 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 29 Years Old On 6 February 1940 General Rommel assumed command of the unit. … Read More


…  On 2 January 1942 Luck was awarded the German Cross in Gold, and received orders he was to report in Africa after a request by Rommel.
1943 32 Years Old On 1 February 1943 Rommel attacked the Americans in Morocco who had landed there during Operation Torch. … Read More
1944 33 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 one of the regiments in the elite Panzer-Lehr-Division, led by General Bayerlein. … Read More
1945 34 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 Died in 1997.
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