Marreck, Günther

    Date of birth:
    July 22nd, 1914 (Berlin-Waidmannslust/Prussia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    December 23rd, 2002 (Rotenburg-Wümme/Lower Saxony, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Günther Marreck went into military service in 1934 with the I.Jäger Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 2. After a career in the Hitlerjugend, he was drafted into operational service on September 9th 1939 with the I. / Infanterie-Regiment 2. On March 1st 1940 he was promoted to Leutnant der Reserve and on April 1st 1942 to Oberleutnant der Reserve. From July 1st 1943 he served as Hauptmann der Reserve and Führer with the II. / Grenadier-Regiment 422 / 126.Infanterie-Division. Interesting is that he ended his military career, as he started it, within the Hitlerjugend. From February he served with the Staff of the 1.Panzervernichtungsbrigsde "Hitlerjugend" and served his final war days as Kommandant of the Hitlerjugend-Volksturmbrigade "Spandau".

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant Reserves)
    Unit:
    I. / Infanterie-Regiment 2
    Awarded on:
    July 22nd, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant Reserves)
    Unit:
    I. / Infanterie-Regiment 2
    Awarded on:
    November 4th, 1942
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
    Unit:
    Führer, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 422, 126. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    July 13th, 1943
    Details:
    In Patzwall / Scherzer the rank is Oberleutnant.
    In Patzwall / Scherzer the unit is 14./Gren.Rgt. 422

    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
    Unit:
    Führer, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 422, 126. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    April 15th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Action:
    During the fighting for the Luga bridgehead, the Soviets attacked a portion of the Grenadier-Regiment 422 commanded by Hauptmann Marreck, which was in position at a train station. The thinly held German frontline was lost across a width of 400 metres, and in response Marreck launched a counterattack with what few Grenadiers he could muster. In the course of the heavy fighting that followed the enemy was thrown back with heavy losses. For this action Marreck would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.

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