Martin Steglich joined Infanterie-Regiment 27 in the Baltic port of Rostock on October 1st, 1936 at the age of 21 and was commissioned as a Leutnant on April 1st, 1939. Steglich was promoted to Oberleutnant in October 1941 whilst serving on the Eastern Front, where Infanterie-Regiment 27 formed part of 12. Infanterie-Division with Heeresgruppe Nord. In December 1942, when the officer in command of the unit adjacent to Steglich was killed, Steglich took command and successfully threw back a Soviet breakthrough. Hauptmann Steglich attended a training course for Battalion Commanders in Antwerp followed by Staff training and Regimental Commander training. He was promoted to Major on 20 April 1944. In November 1944, Major Steglich became Regimental Commander of Grenadier-Regiment 1221 on the Western Front. On the cessation of hostilities Oberstleutnant Steglich was taken prisoner by the U.S. Army but was released in August 1945. Oberstleutnant Steglich returned to the service of his country when the Germy Army was reformed as the Bundesheer of the Federal Republic. He was promoted to the rank of Oberst on 1 August 1962. Steglich is a holder of the Verdienstorden of the Federal Republic in both Second and First Classes.
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