Steinwachs, Heinrich "Heinz"

Date of birth:
October 5th, 1897 (Neuss/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
January 6th, 1972 (South Africa)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Heinrich Steinwachs reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann z.V.
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant z.V.
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 116
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1944
Action:
Awarded the Knight's Cross for his role in the fighting around Brody in early 1944. In late January of that year he took over temporary command of a Kampfgruppe with the aim of preventing an important bridge from falling into enemy hands (the capture of which would have resulted in the bulk of the division being cut off). He proved himself an able combat commander during this time and was recognized appropriately.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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