Schille, Curt

Date of birth:
November 28th, 1910 (Zeulenroda/Thuringia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 19th, 1985 (Stuttgart/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

During the Second World War Curt Schille finally reached the rank of Major. After the war he served with the Bundeswehr and reached the rank of Oberstleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1941
Details:
230th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
2. / Pionier-Bataillon 24
Awarded on:
February 2nd, 1942
Details:
Award 68/5.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 3. / Pionier-Bataillon 24 / 24.Infanterie-Division / LIV.Armee-Korps / 11.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1942
Action:
During the siege of Sevastopol Hauptmann Schille participated in the attack on the heavily defended Northern Fort. On the night of 20-21.06.1942 he lead assault teams from the northeast against the fort, and with concentrated charges was able knock out the defenders of the 3 meter deep fortified entrenchments along the embankment. With this it was possible to enter the fort itself. Using flamethrowers and explosives Schille and his troops fought to clear out the Soviet defenders from their positions over a three hour long battle, eventually clearing the Fort of the enemy. In doing so Schille made a major contribution towards the fall of the city and for this was decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
1119th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 24 / 24.Infanterie-Division / I.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
August 8th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the following actions in the summer of 1944…

1) During the heavy fighting SE of Polozk following the start of Operation Bagration, on 25.06.1944, the Fusilier-Bataillon 24 was ordered to clean up an enemy break-in in the sector of the left neighbour. After the fall of its commander the attack stalled. At this point Major Schille joined the battle with his 3./Pionier-Bataillon 24, and taking along two Sturmgeschütze was able to revitalize the pinned Fusiliers, seal off the enemy break-in and defeat all the further enemy attacks in this sector.

2) On 18.07.1944 the Division took up a new defensive line between the Sivera and Dagda lakes. In the evening hours of the next day the Soviets attacked this new line with strong forces and created a deep break-in. The Pionier-Bataillon 24 was immediately dispatched to the area and managed to seal it off. Later, during a reconnaissance for a further counterattack, Major Schille along with just his Adjutant and an ordnance officer penetrated into an enemy tank assembly area. Here they knocked out three enemy tanks with Panzerfausts. When the enemy began their renewed assault in the morning, Schille’s battalion staff was hit and Schille himself was badly wounded. As those around him prepared to evacuate him, Schille perceived that his absence would cause his troops to fail in their defense. Leaving his stretcher, Schille went to the frontline once again and with a loud “Hurra” stormed forward with his men. The line was successfully held.
Details:
544th Award.

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