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Arnold, Friedrich (WH-Sturmgeschütz)

Date of birth:
May 10th, 1919 (Karlsruhe, Germany)
Date of death:
September 1st, 2006 (Gaienhofen-Horn/Konstanz, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1937: Soldat
1938: Gefreiter
1940: Unteroffizier
1940: ROA
1940: Wachtmeister-ROA
1940: Leutnant d.R.
1942: Oberleutnant d.R.
1944: Hauptmann d.R.
1944: Hauptmann

Career:
1937: entered 6./ Artillerie Regiment 41
1940: Offiziersanwärter-lehrgang - 1./ schwere Artillerie Abteilung (mot.) 100
1940: Leutnant der Reserve - 1./ then 3./ schwere Artillerie Abteilung (mot.) 100
1941: Leutnant d.R. - Zugführer - 2./ Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 200
15.08.1942: WIA
05.1943: Zugführer - Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz-und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 200
Summer 1943: Führer - II. Zug - Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237
09.1943: Führer - 2./ Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237
19.09.1943: WIA for the 5th time
10.1943: Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500 - Posen
1944: Batterie-Führer - Sturmgeschütz-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 500 - Posen
04.1945: Sturmgeschützschule - Burg
05.1945: French POW

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2./ Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201
Awarded on:
October 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2./ Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237, 2. Armee
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1943
Friedrich Arnold received the Knight’s Cross while serving as a Sturmgeschütz commander in the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 237 for the following actions:

1.) Bringing his total of destroyed tanks to 51, of which 22 were destroyed in the time period 08.08.-22.09.1943.

2.) Playing a vital role while assigned to the 35. Infanterie-Division. During this time he launched a counterattack with only two Sturmgeschützen and a handful of friendly infantry, and in the fighting which followed he managed to retake the old defensive line and then hold this position for a whole night until reinforcements arrived.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1941
in silver
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1945
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen

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