Pörschmann, Johannes

Date of birth:
February 3rd, 1915 (Panschwitz/Kamenz (Saxony), Germany)
Date of death:
March 13th, 1945 (Ligute, Lithuania)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 27
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 13
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1945
Action:
On 24.01.1945 the Soviets launched a major attack against the the SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division “Nordland” on both sides of the town of Preekuln. They managed to make a deep break-in, following which the reserve 14. Panzer-Division was ordered to clear up. They launched their counterattack on the next day. In bitter fighting, and in spite of the bad weather and lack of artillery support, the Germans managed to recapture the ground lost the previous day while pushing back the Soviet forces in bitter close combat. On this day 63 enemy tanks were destroyed in the Divisional sector, 11 by Panzerfausts.

During this battle the Pioniere of Hauptmann Pörschmann not only distinguished themselves in the infantry role, contributing heavily to the German victory while doing so, but also managed to capture two operational enemy Sherman tanks located in no-mans-land during a pause in the fighting. These were brought back to friendly lines intact. For his battalion’s success on this day Pörschmann would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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