Kurt Knispel-(20 September 1921 â€“ 28 April 1945) was a-Sudeten German-Heerpanzer loader, gunner and later commander, and was the highest scoring tank ace of-World War II-with a total of 168 confirmed tank kills;-the actual number, although unconfirmed, may be as high as 195.- Edit With 168 confirmed (possibly as high as 195) kills,-Knispel was by far the most successful tanker of the-Second World War-and is even credited with knocking out a-T-34-at 3000 meters, as well as the destruction of over 70 enemy Pak (anti-tank guns), and countless bunkers and field works. He fought in virtually every type of German tank as loader, gunner and commander. He was awarded the-Iron Cross, First Class, after destroying his fiftieth enemy tank and the-Tank Assault Badge-in Gold after more than 100 tank battles. When Knispel had destroyed 126 enemy tanks (with another 20 unconfirmed kills), he was awarded the-German Cross-in Gold. He became the only non-commissioned officer of the German tank army to be named in a-Wehrmacht communique. As commander of a Tiger I and then a Tiger II, Knispel destroyed another 42 enemy tanks. Though he was recommended for it four times, Knispel never received the coveted Knight's Cross, a standard award for most other World War II German tank aces. Unlike some other commanders, Knispel was not consumed by the pursuit of decorations and did not suffer from a "sore throat", Heer slang for those who lusted after the Knight's Cross. When there were conflicting claims for a destroyed enemy tank, Knispel always stepped back, always willing to credit success to someone else. Knispel's slow promotion is attributed to several conflicts with higher Nazi authorities (for instance, he assaulted anEinsatzgruppen-officer whom he saw mistreating Soviet POWs) and a perceived view by some historians of his general lack of military bearing, sporting a goatee and hair longer than regulations. As per Lt Colonel Alfred Rubbel, Kurt was always willing to help (immer gewillt zu helfen...) and friendly (freundlich). Death- he died during battle of -Wostitz, where he was fatally wounded together with another tank commander Feldwebel Skoda (Skoda was buried inSocherl). Knispel died in a field hospital inUrbau-and was buried at a local cemetery. Ten days after his death, the war in Europe ended. On April 10, 2013 Czech authorities confirmed that Knispel's remains were found among 15 other German soldiers behind a church wall in Urbau. He was identified by his dog tag.-It is likely that he will be reburied at the military cemetery in-Brno.