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Kruse, Ernst

Date of birth:
October 1st, 1915 (Egeln/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
October 5th, 1944 (Ozbanice/Serock, Poland)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Mlawka
Plot: G. Row: 6. Grave: 425.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Several sources state as the date of death October 15th, 1944. The Volksbund gives as the date of death Ocotber 5th, 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 26th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
7. / Schützen-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1942
Award 59/64
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1942
213th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 7. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 / 3. Panzer-Division / XXXX. Panzerkorps / 1. Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1942
On the 29.07.1942 soldiers of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 stormed the city of Proletarskaja. In this fight Oberfeldwebel Kruse and his Zug particularly distinguished themselves. Kruse stormed with his men far ahead and enabled a rapid advance of his Bataillon into the city. For this act he would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 7. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 / 3. Panzer-Division / III. Panzerkorps / 1. Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
At the beginning of 1942 the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 was in positions on the Kura stream near Aga Batyr. The night before New Year’s Day the German retreat from this area began, however the following morning the Soviets commenced their own attack through the thick morning mist. Tanks overran the foremost defensive line of the Regiment, with the aim of advancing even farther to the west. In response Oberfeldwebel Kruse launched a counterattack with his Zug despite lacking artillery support. They were able to eliminate several tanks in close combat and seal off the enemy penetration. As a result the Division was able to withdraw as planned, and in recognition of his decisive action Kruse would be decorated with the Oakleaves.
245th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1942
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