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Seitz, Hermann

Date of birth:
April 19th, 1902 (Beilngries/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 20th, 1942 (Gromoslavka/Stalingrad, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
Details:
234th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1941
Details:
Award 28/22.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Aufklärungs-Abteilung 20 (motorisiert) / 126.Infanterie-Division / XXXVIII.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
April 12th, 1942
Action:
Oberstleutnant Seitz played a critical role in the weeks-long defense of the town of Kopzy starting on 17.01.1942. His active leadership, bravery and iron will all helped to ensure the German success here in spite of the fierce fighting. Through the successful defense here it was possible to continue operations in this area, and in recognition of the significance of his efforts Seitz was decorated with the Knight's Cross.
Details:
961st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzergrenadier-Regiment 63 / 17.Panzer-Division / XXXXI.Panzer-Korps / 2.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
In August 1942 Oberstleutnant Seitz played an indispensable role in the successes of his division north of Orel, where strong elements of three Soviet divisions were annihilated. In the subsequent heavy defensive battles he would further demonstrate his exemplary leadership. Within his regimental sector, over the course of three days, 20 large-scale enemy attacks were successfully repulsed.

For these actions Oberstleutnant Seitz would be decorated with the Oakleaves to his Knight's Cross.
Details:
140th Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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