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Schultz, Heinrich

Date of birth:
November 9th, 1919 (Josefowo/Posen, Germany)
Date of death:
January 18th, 1945 (Konin, Poland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
Flammenwerferschütze 3. / Pionier-Bataillon 161
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1941
Awarded during the German capture of the island of Ösel in mid-1941 (Operation "Beowulf"). The Germans were able to capture the capital of the island on 21.09.1941, and later on 24.09.1941 they stood poised to capture the heavy fortified Sworbe peninsula.
During the course of the attack, on 27.09.1941, Schultz distinguished himself by knocking out five enemy bunkers. In conjunction with his comrades he was able to eliminate four more with hand grenades. On the afternoon of the same day, he engaged two more bunkers with his flamethrower with the result that a large number of enemy prisoners were taken. In the course of the day's fighting Schultz would be wounded in action, but remained with his unit.
A few days later, when friendly infantry became bogged down before an enemy bunker line, Schultz on his own initiative decided to take matters into his own hands. Alone, and with only a pistol and hand grenades, he was able to bypass the enemy bunkers and attack them from the rear. In this way he put an enemy machine gun out of action and brought in several prisoners.
Gefreiter Schultz had thus played a major role in crushing the Soviet resistance on the Sworbe peninsula, which in turn led to the success of the German operation on Ösel. For his deeds he would be awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
3. / Pionier-Bataillon 161
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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