Schwender, Herbert

Date of birth:
December 22nd, 1912 (Berlin-Halensee/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
September 22nd, 1944 (near Valka, Estonia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
III. / Infanterie-Regiment 24
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1941
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 4th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer Grenadier-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1943
During the second battle of Lake Ladoga, the Grenadier-Regiment 3 found itself at the centre of Soviet attention as it defended in the sector of the Ssinjawino heights. In the period from 27.01. until the middle of March 1943, the Soviets launched a total of 122 attacks over company strength on the positions of the 21. Infanterie-Division, without achieving any notable success. During these attacks they suffered losses of 120 tanks destroyed and 17 immobilized.
Major Schwender, as commander of Grenadier-Regiment 3, played a major role in the success of the division. He and his regiment particularly distinguished themselves in the following actions...
1) In the period 27.01.-04.02., where 81 enemy tanks were destroyed in the sector of the regiment.
2) On 22.02., where numerous strong enemy attacks were defeated.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Grenadier-Regiment 45
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his leadership during the defensive battles between Leningrad and Volkhov. By his actions he was able to play a major part in blocking the Soviet attempts to break through towards Tschudskoj Bor.
442nd Award.

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