Sixt, Friedrich

Date of birth:
October 28th, 1895 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
August 4th, 1976 (Icking/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 28th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iton Cross 2nd Class on December 23rd 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1941
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on May 5th 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab (Colonel)
Unit:
Generalstabschef XXXXIV. Armeekorps
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1942
Details:
Award 116/12.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 50.Infanterie-Division / XXXXIX.Gebirgs-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
December 17th, 1943
Action:
On 01.11.1943 Sixt and his divisional staff were ordered to form Gruppe Sixt and take overall control of the defense of the Perekop isthmus with the goal of preventing a Soviet breakthrough into the Crimea. Sixt was awarded the Knight's Cross for the defensive success of his unit along the Tatar wall on 06.11.1943.
Details:
2443rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 17th, 1944
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Details:
Royal Decree No. 97.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 12th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 5.Jäger-Division / XXIII.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Weichsel
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1945
Action:
Awarded in part for his achievements during the defensive battles along the Bug and the Narew rivers in the fall of 1944, but mainly for his performance during the Soviet Winter offensive of early 1945.

At the beginning of this offensive he mastered many critical situations, and in particular a strong enemy flank attack that came at a time when his division was already heavily engaged. With a handful of Sturmgeschütze he was able to push back the Soviet attack while leading from the front.

It was through Sixt's excellent leadership that the division was able to retreat from the Narew to the Vistula (16-28.01.1945) largely in good order. It had the distinction of being the only formation of the 2. Armee originally positioned along the Narew to reach the west side of the Vistula with all of its artillery and supply troops.
Details:
772nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Deutsches 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, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Ichim, E., Ordinul Militar de Razboi “Mihai Viteazul”, Modelism & Jertfa, Bucahrest, Romania, 2000
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Reinicke, A., Die 5. Jäger-Division – Polen, Westfeldzug 1940, Rußland, Das Ende an der Oderfront, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2003
    - ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de

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