Sichelschmidt, Herbert

Date of birth:
July 4th, 1909 (Kray-Leithe/Essen (Ruhr), Germany)
Date of death:
July 17th, 1944 (Tartakov, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 210
Awarded on:
November 17th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 210
Awarded on:
May 4th, 1944
Action:
Korpsgruppe Breith formed the southern group of the German forces in the Kamenets-Podolsky pocket, and like the northern group launched their breakout towards the west. In order to halt their progress, the Soviets launched a flank attack against it with the 11th Tank Corps. On 05.04.1944, near Okopy, the Soviet Tank Corps crossed to the north side of the Dniester and began their attack. However they were defeated by the defensive efforts of Gruppe Gollnick (which included the Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 210) and were thrown back over the Dniester. In this abortive attack the Soviets lost 35 tanks, of which the lion's share were inflicted by Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 210 under the command of Major Sichelschmidt. For his battalion's decisive role in repelling this enemy attack, he was recommended for and received the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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