SS-Oberscharführer Ernst Barkmann (1919-2009) was an ace tank commander on both the Western and Eastern Fronts. He won great praise in Russia where he became an expert in defeating Soviet armor and was decorated with both ranks of the Iron Cross. In 1944, Barkmann fought to stem the Allied invasion of Normandy, where he won his Knight's Cross. He concluded the war fighting near Vienna and he was taken POW. Barkmann died at 90 in his home town of Kisdorf where he had settled after the war.