Schmidt, August (4.Panzer-Armee)

Date of birth:
November 3rd, 1892 (Fürth/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
January 17th, 1972 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 14th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 14th October 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 20
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1939
One of a handful of Heer soldiers to be awarded the Knight’s Cross for actions in the Polish campaign. For Schmidt they are summarized as follows…

1) For the battle near Sieradz, and the breakthrough of a Polish bunker line east of the Warthe by his troops (03-04.09.1939).

2) For the battle at Bielawy and Przymus, where his men prevented an attempted Polish break-in aimed at the open left flank of the Army (10-11.09.1939).

3) His independent decision to attack and seize Hill 117, near Kwjatek (14.09.1939).

4) The capture of Fort Mokotowski (Warsaw) by his troops (25.09.1939).
11th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 10. Panzergrenadier-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1944
Awarded for his division’s performance in the defensive battle at Kirovograd. Schmidt and his troops particularly distinguished themselves by spearheading the breakout from the Lelekowka pocket on the night of 09-10.01.1944 with surprisingly minimal losses.
371st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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