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Konopka, Gerhard

Date of birth:
March 27th, 1911 (Tirschtiefel/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 29th, 1997 (Darmstadt/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer Infanterie-Regiment 8
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 12th, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer II. / Grenadier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
August 29th, 1943
Following the battle of Kursk, the ‘Großdeutschland’ Panzergrenadier-Division was deployed to the area around Orel to counter the Soviet Operation Kutuzov. During this time Oberleutnant Konopka, commander of the II./Grenadier-Regiment GD, was able to storm the heavily fortified “Yellow Hill” (near Allisowa) with his Bataillon. Several enemy guns were captured in the process. The next day, taking advantage of the favourable situation, Konopka launched a new attack on his own initiative and was achieve some decisive territorial gains. From these newly conquered positions the whole Grenadier-Regiment GD was able to launch a successful major attack on the following day.

During the course of this fighting Konopka would be badly wounded. But his successes were deemed worthy enough to merit him the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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