Strohm, Friedrich

Date of birth:
December 17th, 1908 (Bous an der Saar/Saarland, Germany)
Date of death:
September 24th, 1944
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
III./Grenadier-Regiment 480
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Grenadier-Regiment 480
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1944
Action:
On 12.11.1943 the Soviets attacked the boundary between the Grenadier-Regiment 460 and the neighbouring division on the left, successfully breaking through. This resulted in the regiment being outflanked from the left. The regiment, under the temporary command of Major Strohm, defended the old positions for three days. Finally on 15.11.1943 the regimental command post was pulled back. Strohm and a small rearguard covered the withdrawal, finally pulling out of the enemy grip the following day. By this action they were able to save the regimental staff from the enemy, and in recognition of his efforts during this hard fighting Strohm was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 470
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
The Soviet Operation Bagration struck the 260. Infanterie-Division on 24.06.1944. Two days later the division started to pull back, with Grenadier-Regiment 470 (commanded by Strohm) forming the rearguard. On 27.06. the regiment pushed through the enemy-held Starosselje in a textbook attack and enabled the division to carry on to Gorodok. After days of fighting retreat on 05.07. the area of Velikij-Bos / Belaja Lusha was reached. Here it was necessary to break through the seventh and final Soviet blocking position. The Kampfgruppe GR 470 with elements of the Pionier-Bataillon 653 reached the swampy area around Petrovichi, and in small groups they managed to reach the German lines. For his role in leading his men during the long retreat Strohm was awarded the Oakleaves.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.

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