Pollmann, Othmar

Date of birth:
September 25th, 1917 (Regensburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
September 11th, 1991 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1936: Fahnenjunker;
1937: Fähnrich;
1938: Oberfähnrich;
1938: Leutnant;
1940: Oberleutnant;
1942: Hauptmann;
1943: Major.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 18th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 481, 256. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 481, 256. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the summer of 1943 in the fighting around Smolensk, specifically the Iwoschino-Matwejewo sector. The Soviets began their assault here on 13.08.1943. After they had made a break-in Pollmann mustered a handful of Grenadiers for a counterattack on 16.08.1943 that succeeded in recapturing the village of Logi. Despite being wounded twice, Pollmann remained with his troops and organized the defense in such a way that all subsequent Soviet attacks against his men came to naught. His Divisional commander christened him the “Lion of Logi.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Adjutant, 95. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Action:
On 03.02.1945 the XXVIII. Armee-Korps began its attack to link up with 3. Panzer-Armee, moving in the direction of Neukuhren-Pobethen. On 06.02.1945 Pollmann led his Regiment into a house to house fight for Thierenberg, all while fighting at the front with his troops. After making it close to the fortified church, the attack started to stall. On his own initiative, and without contact with the Division, Pollmann independently decided to lead the attached Pionier-Bataillon in a wide flanking movement in order to force a decision. This surprise thrust worked and Thierenberg was soon under German control.

The next day Pollmann also managed to capture the Soviet blocking position at the Thierenberg mill in a flank attack. With this the German troops fighting in Samland were finally able to reach 3. Panzer-Armee, and in the process the Soviet 91st Guards Rifle Division was cut off by the German advance. For his actions during this time Pollmann would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
760th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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