Hans-Ulrich Freiherr von Luck und Witten (a.k.a. Hans von Luck) was a German army officer from 1929 until he was captured by Soviet forces in 1945; by which point he had earned the Knight’s Cross, German Cross in Gold, and Iron Cross 1st & 2nd Class. By that time, he had also been promoted to the rank of Colonel. He served in several theatres during World War II, including France and North Africa, where he was under the command of Erwin Rommel.

After the war, von Luck wrote a memoir which was highly praised; this led to his acquaintance, and ultimately friendship, with both historians of the war and also Allied officers he had fought against. 

Published book:

Panzer Commander: The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck – 1989