Siggel, Hermann

Date of birth:
December 29th, 1910 (Wismar/Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany)
Date of death:
April 15th, 1981 (Ebersberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
11./Infanterie-Regiment 172
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 172
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Action:
The Knight's Cross recommendation of Oberleutnant Siggel lists 13 actions that led to his award of the Knight's Cross...

1) 07.02.1943 near Golowischka. During the retreat from Voronezh to Ssumy he led a counterattack with his troops while serving as a rearguard.

2) August 1943 as the leader of the Grenadier-Regiment 169, west of Belgorod.

3) As commander of an alarm unit on the railway embankment Nish-Syrowatka.

4) During the retreat battles east of Kiev in September 1943.

5) In the defensive battle north of Kiev, where as commander of the Grenadier-Regiment 245 he successfully led a breakthrough and crossing over the Irpen on 03.11.1943.

6) An action during the retreat from Kiev to Zhitomir on 09.11.1943, near Gruskoje.

7) An attack on the Bystrejewka stream north of Gliniza on 05.12.1943. During this attack he rode on horseback from the right to the left attacking battalion under heavy enemy fire.

8) During the fighting at Radomyschl on 08.12.1943.

9) During the defense of Zhitomir, along the northern perimeter of the city where he fought with rifle in hand.

10) On the night of 4-5.01.1944 near Bolschije Korowinzy.

11) The defense of Dubrowka.

12) During an attack on 13.03.1944, which took place on the east bank of the Bug with the objective of the heights east of Gubnik.

13) Leading a counterattack with his regiment south of Slone on 13.04.1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 172
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
His Oakleaves recommendation leads three actions as the rationale for his receiving the award...

1) Holding the town of Bobrka, as well as preventing the Soviet blockade of the road Swirz-Bobrka which would have cut off the eastern elements of the division as well as the 1. Panzer-Division. (25.07.1944)

2) Launching a counterattack against a Soviet bridgehead over the Dniester, simultaneously preventing the collapse of the German main battle line. (30.07.1944)

3) During an attack on the same bridgehead, where he relieved two cut off companies and forced the opponent back to their starting positions. In all cases Siggel could be found fighting from the front.

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