Löwe, Erich

Date of birth:
September 24th, 1906 (Mühlhausen, Germany)
Date of death:
December 23rd, 1943 (Losovka, Russia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
I./Panzer-Regiment 11
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
3./Panzer-Abteilung 65
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his successes as the vanguard leader of his Kampfgruppe during the Battle of France. On the 17.05.1940, while commanding a reinforced Panzer Kompanie and a rifle company, Löwe succeeded in taking the river and canal bridges over the Oise undamaged after a short but bitter round of street fighting. These bridges were crucial for the continued advance of the Division. The next day he played a decisive role in capturing the staff of the French 9th Army in Le Catelet. Later, on the 20.05.1940, he forced a path through the heavily defended village of Doullens with his Kompanie.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
During the fighting around Losovka, while attached to the 14. Infanterie-Division (mot), Löwe received two hits to his Tiger while leading an attack. He transferred to the vehicle of the Abteilung adjutant and continued to command the assault. He would continue to transfer from tank to tank in order to keep the advance going. In this way he would be mortally wounded by enemy artillery fire. For his bravery shown during this action he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
385th award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1942
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