Vogt, Fritz

Date of birth:
March 7th, 1918 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
April 3rd, 1945 (HVP Fürstenfelde-Graz/Styria, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Fritz Vogt died of his wounds on 3rd April 1945 aan at Graz. His final position was Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5 "Wiking" with the rank of SS-Strumbannführer.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer
Unit:
Stoßtruppführer 2. / SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung / SS-Verfügungs-Division / XXXXI.Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
Action:
Vogt's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"SS-Obersturmführer Vogt was an officer in the SS V Division's Aufklärungs-Abteilung. He distinguished himself during the Polish campaion as Platoon Leader of a Motorcycle Infantry Platoon. He was the first in his Battalion to receive the Iron Cross Second Class and recommendation for the Iron Cross First Class for various reconnaissance actions.
At the start of the great battle for France. his assault force received the mission of capturing and holding a bridge across the Maas-Waal Canal. Although the bridge was destroyed, he carried out his mission with daring and great success. He succeeded in reaching the enemy occupied bank with four men. Despite being wounded, he rolled up many bunker positions and caused soldiers in neighboring positions to surrender. This successful endeavor enabled the following units of a machine gun Battalion to cross the canal. An additional result was that the Dutch had to give up their heavily fortified bunker positions along the canal. In the days that followed, Vogt led over twenty additional patrols that made contact with the enemy. These were also very successful. Award of the Iron Cross First Class and subsequent promotion to SS-Obersturmführer for bravery in the face of the enemy were the exterior symbols of this recognition."
Details:
202nd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer
Unit:
2. / SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Das Reich"
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 64/6.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / SS-Grenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge" / SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division „Nordland“ / IV.SS-Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
March 16th, 1945
Action:
Starting on 05.01.1945 Vogt's battalion supported the attack of Wiking's armoured group through the Vertes mountains towards Budapest. For seven days the battalion defended itself in the courtyard of Hegyik's estate. On the night of 26.01.1945 Vogt's battalion (located in Pettend) found itself right in the middle of an attack by a Soviet tank corps. In the darkness he and his battalion infiltrated into the southwest corner of the estate and destroyed 53 tanks at this location. Vogt himself destroyed three tanks with panzerfausts.
Details:
785th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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