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Bauer, Michael

Date of birth:
February 24th, 1895 (Herzogenaurach/Mittelfranken, Germany)
Date of death:
February 15th, 1943 (Sclobodka/Russia, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Michael Bauer was killed on February 15th, 1943 as Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 488 with the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1915
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1918
Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz (1918)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1935
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 499, 268. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 2nd, 1942
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bauer was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Major Bauer participated in the crisis filled retreat battle near Baschmakowka on the 29. and 30.12.1941, and due the personal bravery he demonstrated here he had a decisive share in the freeing of his Division from enemy encirclement. He inspired his exhausted and ice-cold men to put up a death-defying and sacrificial devotion to duty during the attack against much larger enemy forces on the 29.12.1941 across the open snowfields and through the snow-covered forest. He did so likewise in the subsequent defensive combat on the 30.12.1941. His personal bravery and energetic leadership enabled his Division to force a breakout through the enemy encirclement and thereafter set up a viable defense at another position.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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