Mokros, Gerhard

Date of birth:
March 18th, 1909 (Dresden/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
April 3rd, 1996 (Sonthofen/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
March 1st, 1939: Leutnant der Reserve;
April 1st, 1942: Oberleutnant der Reserve;
June 1st, 1942: Hauptmann der Reserve;
August 1st, 1943: Major der Reserve;
September 1st, 1944: Oberstleutnant der Reserve;
May 1st, 1945: Oberst der Reserve.

Career:
November 1st, 1926: 14. / Infanterie-Regiment 10;
July 1st, 1927: 3. / Infanterie-Regiment 10;
April 24th, 1935 - July 31st, 1936: Ergänzungs-Bataillon 25, Löbau;
November 3rd, 1939: Zugführer Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 488;
November 30th, 1939: Zugführer 7. / Infanterie-Regiment 331;
? - June 7th, 1942: Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 179;
October 21st, 1942: Kommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 331;
?: Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 179;
May 1944: Führer Grenadier-Regiment 423;
May 1945 - December 1945: U.S. POW.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 26th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, 7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 331, 167. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1941
Action:
On 01.09.1941, while his Kompanie was in the process of changing positions, Leutnant Mokros and his men had a chance encounter with a Soviet battalion that was in the process of trying to punch a hole in the German perimeter around a bridgehead, aimed in the direction of Potschep. Their objective was to cut off the supply of the German troops in the bridgehead and roll up their positions from the rear.

Mokros immediately recognized the danger and on his own initiative led his Kompanie in a charge against the enemy. As his men had shot off all their ammunition, the attack was made with bayonets and entrenching tools. In bitter close combat the Soviet battalion was wiped out. For this action, of decisive importance for the wider situation, Mokros would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 331, 167. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 423, 212. Volksgrenadier-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 5th, 1945
Action:
On the 13.02.1945 the Regiment Mokros was deployed along the line Ferschweiler-Ernzen. Deployed on the right side was the remnants of Kampfgruppe Wickert, in the centre the remnants of the Füsilier-Bataillon 212, and on the left the II./Grenadier-Regiment 423 with the subordinated remnants of the I./Grenadier-Regiment 423. In the ensuing battle, Mokros fought to prevent the encirclement of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 423. With troops from his right and centre units, he created a new defensive position along the line Laisenhof-Hill 375.5. When the units occupying this new line were thrown out of the position around midday, Mokros once again gathered forces from the 13./Grenadier-Regiment 423 and was able to establish new line along the Prüm.

Mokros’ leadership here, in a battle partially fought in close combat with grenades and SMGs, was pivotal in preventing a deep enemy break-in as well as an encirclement of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 423.
Details:
Unnumbered awarding, when numberd it wold have been the 860th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 331, 167. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS

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