Schmidt, Gustav (Infanterie-Regiment 742)

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, German Reich)

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 15th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Infanterie-Regiment 742
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
Awarded for his leadership of the Infanterie-Regiment 74 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:
19. Schützen-Brigade
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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