Springer, Heinrich Adolf Leopold

    Date of birth:
    November 3rd, 1914 (Kiel/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
    Date of death:
    October 27th, 2007 (Oelixdorf/Schleswig-Holstein,Germany)
    Service number:
    291 007 (SS. Nr.)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    November 9th, 1939: SS-Untersturmführer.

    Career:
    November 1st, 1937: Schütze 3. / SS-"Germania";
    May 4th, 1938: MC-Schütze 11. / SS-"Der Führer";
    November 15th, 1938 - August 15th, 1939: 7. / Friedensjunkerlehrgang, Junkerschule Tölz;
    August 16th, 1939 - October 15th, 1939: Zugführerlehrgang Dachau;
    October 23rd, 1939: Zugführer 2. / Leibstandarte SS-"Adolf Hitler".

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 2nd, 1939
    Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Untersturmführer (2nd Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Zugführer, 2. Sturm, I. Sturmbann, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    November 9th, 1939
    SS-Ehrenring
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Untersturmführer (2nd Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Zugführer, 1. Sturm, I. Sturmbann, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    June 8th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    October 3rd, 1940
    Details:
    Bronze version.
    Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Adjutant, I. Bataillon, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    July 12th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Unit:
    Führer, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    November 26th, 1941
    Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Unit:
    Führer, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    January 12th, 1942
    Action:
    Heinrich Springer was a captain and commander commander in the LSSAH during the first battle of Rostov in late 1941. His company, with attached pioneers and signals men, was ordered to infiltrate the city in captured Russian uniforms and capture the railway bridge over the Don intact. With this they entered the city on the 20th, and managed to navigate the mayhem until they reached the bridge itself that evening. Springer ordered his men to open fire on a Russian locomotive that was coming out of the city towards the bridge and brought it to a halt. In the ensuring confusion, his men dashed across the bridge. The pioneers cut the detcords and his company overpowered the Russian guards, establishing a bridgehead on the far side (without suffering any losses!). His men were able to hold the bridgehead against increasing Russian pressure over the course of the night, all while being cut off from the rest of the division. Finally, on the morning of the next day, he was ordered to retreat from his bridgehead (exactly why is unknown). The Russians promptly destroyed the bridge once the Germans had left, and Springer was wounded the same day.

    Nonetheless his actions at the bridge, though ultimately in vain, in themselves were impressive enough and Springer was given the Knight’s Cross while in the hospital.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 3rd, 1942
    Voenen Orden

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