Neumann, Eggert

Date of birth:
December 30th, 1912 (Altenkirchen/Rhine Province, Germany)
Date of death:
May 28th, 1970 (Hamburg/Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 19th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1942
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1942
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, SS-Gebirgs-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7, 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1944
Action:
Neumann’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Neumann has as Kampfkommandant successfully led the defense of the village of Zajecar with only minor forces at his disposal (2 weak battalions, 2 Batteries, parts of a company from the Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 1) in the period 04-08.10.1944. During this time the village garrison was encircled, and was forced to fight an enemy onslaught consisting of 2-3 Rifle Divisions and a self-propelled gun brigade. They endured drumfire from 20 enemy batteries plus self-propelled guns, as well as random air attacks. Aerial resupply was limited and ammunition in short supply. 115 large enemy attacks were defeated, and 19 enemy break-ins were cleaned up via counterattacks (with forces that even included vehicle drivers). 3 enemy SPGs that broke-in were destroyed by infantry weapons.

On the 08.10.1944 the garrison finally broke out to the west as per orders, after all attempts to relieve it had failed. In all this Neumann was the soul of the resistance. It is only on account of his exemplary bravery that the higher leadership found the time to implement countermeasures.”

To this was added a note of approval by General der Infanterie Felber…

“This recommendation from the General-Kommando Müller and the Armee-Abteilung Serbien is well received. The defense of Zajecar was of great significance for the continued fighting in the sector of General-Kommando Müller.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, SS-Gebirgs-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7, 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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