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Mitzlaff, von, Berndt

Date of birth:
August 5th, 1914 (Schkopau-Merseburg/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
March 20th, 2003 (Koblenz/Rhineland-Palatinate)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Berndt von Mitzlaff reached the rank of Oberstleutnant during the Second World War. After the war he served with the Bundeswehr from 1st November 1955 until 30th September 1972 and there reached the rank of Oberst. He also was the Military-attaché in Oslo to the Western-German embassy. For his work there he received the Commanderscross to the St. Olavs order.

Promotions:
January 1st, 1943: Major (40).

Career:
September 1st, 1939: Btl.Adj. Schütz.Rgt. 8;
May 7th, 1940: Kp.Fhr. Pz.Gren.Rgt. 8;
June 30th, 1941: Btl.Adj. Pz.Gren.Rgt. 8;
August 19th, 1941: Kp.Fhr. Pz.Gren.Ers.Btl. 8;
April 21st, 1942: Kdr. II./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 8;
February 20th, 1943: Kdr. Pz.A.A. 8.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 25th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1943
The following wartime excerpt describes why Mitzlaff was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Major Berndt von Mitzlaff… launched an independently conducted surprise attack against a strong enemy column during the retreat battles west of Kiev. This column was largely destroyed, and he thereby prevented the Bolsheviks from seizing control of an important river crossing.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 9th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 27th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 20th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1941
Bronze version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 2nd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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