Lawall, Dr. jur., Erich

Date of birth:
June 28th, 1899 (Saarbrücken/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
September 17th, 1973 (Saarbrücken/Saarland, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Radfahr-Abteilung, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 99, 1. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1941
Details:
In Patzwall / Scherzer as Dr.

Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Radfahr-Abteilung, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 99, 1. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 8th, 1942
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Radfahr-Abteilung 54, 1. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his victories in the Caucasus in late 1942. While serving as an Abteilung commander he and his men reached the headwaters of the Kuban near Krapotkin on the 09.08.1942, and were able to capture the bridges at Tscherkesk in an undamaged state three days later.

His most notable achievement however would come as commander of the Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 later that year. After capturing the 1036 m high Ssemaschcho height the Soviets moved to retake it in an assault by the 9th and 10th Rifle Brigades from both sides of the mountain. The German defenders, consisting of 2 Gebirgsjäger battalions commanded by Lawall, defended the hill in a 48 hour battle despite being almost completely cut off. Lawall and his regiment staff themselves had to participate in close quarter combat on more than one occasion. But the battle was eventually resolved in the Germans’ favour, and Lawall would receive his Knight’s Cross while in his bunker on the Ssemaschcho.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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