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Major der Landwehr Friedrich Kimmich of 342. Infanterie-Division

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Friedrich Kimmich (13 July 1890 - 20 October 1962) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 11 December 1942 as Major der Landwehr and Führer II.Bataillon / Grenadier-Regiment 554 / 342.Infanterie-Division. The following newspaper excerpt (dated 17 December 1942) describes why Kimmich received the Ritterkreuz: “Major der Landwehr Kimmich and his Grenadier-Bataillon stormed a strongly fortified and heavily defended enemy hill. Those determined Bolshevik counterattacks that followed were crushed in the face of the inspiring leadership of the commander and the bravery of his Grenadiers. This action took place in the central section of the Eastern front at the end of this past September.”

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General der Infanterie Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt of II. Armeekorps

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Walter Graf von Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt (13 July 1887 - 9 May 1943) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 15 July 1941 as General der Infanterie and Kommandierender General II. Armeekorps. The following wartime excerpt describes why Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt was awarded the Ritterkreuz: “On 24 June 1941 General der Infanterie Graf Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt, the commanding general of the II. Armee-Korps, decided to capture the Russian fortress of Kowno on this day under any circumstances. The capture of this fortress was of decisive importance for the continuation of operations in this area. On 27 and 28 June 1941 he went on to smash several Russian divisions northeast of Kowno over the course of uninterrupted heavy combat within very difficult terrain.”

Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt received the Eichenlaub #103 for his Ritterkreuz on 27 June 1942 as General der Infanterie and Kommandierender General II. Armeekorps. The following wartime excerpt describes why Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt was awarded the Eichenlaub: "“On 23 June 1942 General der Infanterie Graf Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt received the Eichenlaub to the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes for the brave steadfastness of his troops and for his own leadership abilities. This award serves as visible recognition for his soldiers’ honourable and heroic combat during the battle of Demyansk. The commanding general received this award for both the efforts of his 6 divisions as well as his own personal disposition. Graf Brockdorff-Ahlefeldt exuded confidence and firmness during all crisis situations, and in this capacity he served as a model for his soldiers. How often did his Grenadiers, Pioniere and Kanoniere see the ‘Fieseler-Storch’ of the General over their positions? And yet few knew that this officer suffered from severe rheumatic pain. He did not let his soldiers become aware that he had this disease, instead he only let them see only one thing: devotion to duty.”

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Oberst Rudolf Lippert of 5. Panzer-Division

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Rudolf Lippert (29 October 1900 - 1 April 1945) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 9 June 1944 as Oberst and Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 31 / 5.Panzer-Division. On 12 April 1944 Oberst Lippert was subordinated to the LVI. Panzerkorps, and received the following mission:

“You are to fix and destroy the Russians Guards cavalry forces that have penetrated into the deep flank of the LVI. Panzerkorps along with the well-organized partisan forces in the area Sztun-Binduga-Kladniow (Bug) — Rude (Turja) —Turyczany area. You are to furthermore reestablish contact with Heeresgruppe Nordukraine.”

For this mission Lippert was given a Kampfgruppe consisting of the following elements: Stab Pz.Rgt. 31, 7./Pz.Rgt. 31, 2./Art.Rgt. 116, 2./Art.Rgt. 637 (Mörser), 3./StuG.Brig. 600, 53rd Hungarian infantry regiment and 26th Hungarian reconnaissance squadron.

Lippert split his Kampfgruppe into two groups and moved out. Already on 15 April 1944 the right Kampfgruppe was able to capture Binduga (on the Bug) and the left Kampfgruppe Wladynopol. This achievement was all the more remarkable due to the difficult terrain and destroyed infrastructure in the area.

On the next day Mosur was taken as well as Stawki (the latter with the Ski-Jäg.Brig. 1). Terrain difficulties and Soviet obstacles continued to hinder the Kampfgruppe on this day and the next, and much bitter fighting ensued. By the evening of 17 April 1944 a total of 350-400 Soviet dead were counted, while the German losses were 46 dead and 97 wounded on this day. An alarm Bataillon of the II./I.R. 698 and a reinforced Batterie of the Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 185 was attached to the Kampfgruppe on the following day.

On 20 April 1944 contact was established with the right neighbour, namely elements of the 214. Infanterie-Division, in Zablocie. With this the gap to the 4. Panzer-Armee (Heeresgruppe Nordukraine) was finally closed. Fighting continued until 24 April 1944 with cut-off Soviet partisans and cavalry, however without enough weapons they were unable to resist in the open for long.

By the time the Kampfgruppe was disbanded on 25 April 1944 it had captured or destroyed the following enemy men/materiel in the time period 12-24 April 1944:

466 prisoners
26 artillery pieces
12 anti-tank guns
16 anti-tank rifles
19 mortars
69 MGs
17 machine-pistols
54 rifles
202 horse-drawn wagons
Several hundred horses
Large quantities of ammunition
A field hospital.

Oberst Lippert would subsequently receive the Ritterkreuz for this important operational achievement.



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Hauptmann Helmut Schmischke of 36. Infanterie-Division

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Helmut Schmischke (30 September 1915 - 18 June 1999) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 22 July 1943 as Hauptmann and Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 36 (motorisiert) / 36.Infanterie-Division. During the battle for the Orel salient in July 1943, Hauptmann Schmischke, his Bataillon and an attached Abteilung of Sturmgeschütze were sent to counterattack a group of Soviet tanks and infantry that had broken through the German lines to a depth of 5 kilometres. Their effort was successful, and the Germans not only succeeded in destroying 30 Soviet tanks but also managed to take back the high ground at Shelyabug and the old main line of defense. This position was held until the Soviet was finally able to overrun it through overwhelming employment of artillery and tanks. Schmischke, already wounded several times, and his weak Bataillon eventually became encircled by the Soviets. However their resistance had tied down significant Soviet forces, which in turn permitted friendly forces to construct a new main line of defense. With great effort, Schmischke was able to lead his Bataillon through the hostile ring and reach friendly lines. For his Bataillon’s outstanding performance during this battle, Schmischke would receive the Ritterkreuz shortly afterwards.

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Hauptmann Heinrich Brücker of Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 (StG 2) "Immelmann"

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Heinrich Brücker (5 May 1913 - 14 June 1984) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 22 June 1941 as Hauptmann and Kommandeur III.Gruppe / Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 (StG 2) "Immelmann". The medal was awarded for his personal flying and command achievements over the course of 100+ sorties until that time. He and his Gruppe particularly distinguished themselves in the time period of 15 May 1940 - 22 July 1941 during the fight at the Rupel passage and in anti-shipping operations. The unit was credited with sinking 125,000 GRT of supply ships and damaging another 70,000 during this time. The Gruppe had also participated in the sinking of the British cruiser “HMS Gloucester” and the destroyer “Juno” around Crete.

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Major Dr.jur. Dr.phil. Albrecht Lanz of 216. Infanterie-Division

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 12 Sep 2022 15:23

Dr.jur. Dr.phil. Albrecht Lanz (7 September 1891 - 27 January 1942) received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 4 September 1940 as Major and Kommandeur I.Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 396 / 216.Infanterie-Division. It was noted in Die Wehrmacht in 1940, and an American military translation revealed the following: "Whilst the German forces were attacking Belgium, specifically during the crossing of the River Lys, around Theilt (potentially Thielt). The battalion was attempting to attack Gothem, a village, on the 24 May 1940, but beaten back. The battalion again tried on the 26 May through grain fields with limited visibility due to the grain, and under enemy fire, the attack was failing. Lanz organised the group and they attacked successfully, taking several enemies prisoner."

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