Renschler, Helmut

Date of birth:
April 18th, 1920 (Bitterfeld, Germany)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1999 (Bad Homburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
2./Artillerie-Regiment 5 / 5. Jägerdivision
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 1./Artillerie-Regiment 5 / 5. Jägerdivision
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the German relief effort towards Kovel in early 1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 1./Artillerie-Regiment 5 / 5. Jägerdivision
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1945
Action:
On 14.01.1945 a critical state befell the supply troops of the I./Artillerie-Regiment 5 while they were in position in Gut Pekowo, west of the forest of “Nadl. Pultusk” (near Ostenburg). Here Soviet attack spearheads that had penetrated the German lines to the north came down on them and immediately had them fighting for their lives. Furthermore, any continued advance of the Soviets further to the south would have resulted in the encirclement of those elements of the 5. Jäger-Division that were deployed around Ostenburg. Under these circumstances Hauptmann Renschler gathered the men that were scattered about everywhere, and launching a counterattack with a Hurrah on their lips were able to compel the Soviets that had penetrated into Gut Pekowo back towards the north. For this decisive act Renschler would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
770th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Reinicke, A., Die 5. Jäger-Division – Polen, Westfeldzug 1940, Rußland, Das Ende an der Oderfront, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2003