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Schmidt, Gustav Richard Ernst

Date of birth:
April 24th, 1894 (Carstorf, Germany)
Date of death:
August 7th, 1943 (near Berissowka - Bjelgorod/Ukrain, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Rossoshki
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
March 1st, 1913: Fahnenjunker;
November 20th, 1913: Fähnrich;
June 19th, 1914: Leutnant (Patent: June 23rd, 1912);
September 16th, 1917: Oberleutnant;
July 1st, 1925: Hauptmann;
May 1st, 1934: Major;
October 1st, 1936: Oberstleutnant;
June 1st, 1939: Oberst;
April 1st, 1942: Generalmajor;
January 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant.

Career:
March 1st, 1913: 3. Brandenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment "Graf Tauentzien von Wittenburg" Nr. 20;
?: Kriegsschule;
?: Kompanieoffizier, 3. Brandenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment "Graf Tauentzien von Wittenburg" Nr. 20;
1914: Kompanieführer, 3. Brandenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment "Graf Tauentzien von Wittenburg" Nr. 20;
1917: Ordonnanzoffizier, 3. Brandenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment "Graf Tauentzien von Wittenburg" Nr. 20;
1 mei 1918: Adjutant, 3. Brandenburgisches Infanterie-Regiment "Graf Tauentzien von Wittenburg" Nr. 20;
October 1st, 1919: Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiment 6;
?: Kompanieoffizier, 5. (Preußisches) Infanterie-Regiment;
1924: 2. Eskadron, 5. (Preuß.) Reiter-Regiment;
1925: 4. (MG.) Kompanie, 5. (Preuß.) Infanterie-Regiment;
July 1925: Stab, 5. (Preuß.) Infanterie-Regiment;
October 1st, 1927: Adjutant, 5. (Preuß.) Infanterie-Regiment;
July 1st, 1931: Chef, 11. Kompanie, 5. (Preuß.) Infanterie-Regiment;
October 1st, 1934: Adjutant, Generalkommando, Kavalleriekorps;
1935: Adjutant, Generalkommando, X. Armeekorps;
October 12th, 1937: Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 59;
1939: Kommandeur, Infanterie-Ersatz-Regiment 216;
October 10th, 1939: Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 74;
1940: Kommandeur, 19. Schützen-Brigade;
January 6th, 1942: m.d.F.b. 19. Panzer-Division;
April 1st, 1942 - August 7th, 1943: Kommandeur, 19. Panzer-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 59, 19. Infanterie-Divison, Heer
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 59, 19. Infanterie-Divison, Heer
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 742, 702. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
Awarded for his leadership of the Infanterie-Regiment 742 during the battle of France. His regiment would prove to be the most successful of the division while also suffering the fewest losses. He and his regiment particularly distinguished themselves on 10.05.1940, during the attacks on enemy fortifications at the Maas near Roermond. Here 11 bunkers were proving to be a particularly troublesome obstacle for the attacking German forces. Following Schmidt’s reconnaissance, his regiment was able to seize them in cooperation with the heavy weapons in the span of just 3 hours.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 19. Schützen-Brigade, 19. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 19. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 6th, 1943
Awarded for his leadership of the 19. Panzer-Division during its battles through the winter of 1942/1943, and in particular for one major success at the start of December 1942. As the Soviets launched a major attack to break through the German frontline SE of Toropez, the 19. Panzer-Division was dispatched to counterattack them. Thanks to the Division’s careful preparation the Soviets were caught completely off guard, and Schmidt led his division well beyond its assigned objectives. He and his division were able to close the gap in the German frontline and thereby trap two enemy corps that had already broken through. Schmidt would then oversee the destruction of the trapped enemy forces.
203rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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