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OTTO HENNING joined the panzers in 1941. From March 1942 until April 1943 he served with a motorized reconnaissance unit of Rommel's Afrika Korps. From 1944 Henning fought in Western Europe with the elite Panzer-Lehr-Division, eventually commanding an armoured reconnaissance unit. Captured by US forces in April 1945 he finally escaped from France in 1947 to rejoin his family in the Russian zone of Germany.