Stühmer, Gustav

Date of birth:
April 8th, 1914 (Elsfleth-Neuenfelde/Oldenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
February 16th, 1944 (Narva, Estonia)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Toila
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Gustav Stühmer was born on April 8th, 1914 in Elsfleth, Oldenburg. Between 1935 and 1937 he was enlisted in the Infanterie-Regiment 58.

When war started he was once again drafted and placed with the 8. / Infanterie-Regiment 399.
From June 1941, the unit was put into action on the southern area of the Eastern Front. From August, Stühmer was appointed Zugführer with 11.Kompanie. After the fightings at the Crimea, the unit was placed in the front near Sebastopol. In August 1942, the unit with Stühmer was relocated to the Leningrad frontier. From october the unit fought on the banks of the Newa near Dubrowka. In January 1944 the Soviet troops advanced in the Leningrad and Nowgorod area. The unit of Stühmer here fought on the heights near Duderhof.
On February 16th, 1944 the unit was near Narwa in Estonia.
Here, Gustav Stühmer and his REgimental Commander Oberst Griesbach, were suprised by a granade attack on the Regimental headquarters near Waiware. During the attakc, Griesbach was severely wounded and Stühmer was killed. Stühmer was buried on the Heldenfriedhof in Toila, Estonia.

Promotions:
29th December 1942: Oberfeldwebel.

Career:
1935 - 1937: Drafted for service Infanterie-Regiment 58;
September 1939: Drafted for warservice 8. / Infanterie-Regiment 399;
August 1941: Zugführer 11. / infanterie-Regiment 399.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel der Reserve
Unit:
Zugführer, 11. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 399, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1942
Action:
Received for his part in the attack on a bunker line from the date of June 29th, 1942 on Hill 125,1 near the Fortress city of Sebastopol.
Details:
Award 156/17.
Award document dated 3rd August 1942 with the rank of Oberfeldwebel.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel der Reserve
Unit:
Zugführer, 11. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 399, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Action:
Stühmer was wounded twice at the banks of the river Newa, near Dubrowka.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel der Reserve
Unit:
Zugführer, 11. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 399, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 29th, 1942
Action:
Received for his part in the battle against the Soviet Bridgehead on the banks of the river Newa, near Dubrowka. In bitter close combat he and his men were able to take a considerable amount of territory in the south and so heavily constrict the bridgehead.
Details:
1400th Award.
Was promoted to Oberfeldwebel at the same date.
Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis presented on December 30th, 1942.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel der Reserve
Unit:
Zugführer, 11. Kompanie, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 399, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 6th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Received for his part in the fighting at the Duderhof heights. Following the Soviet capture of the hill on the morning of 18.01.1944 he and Leutnant Kardel led a counterattack which succeeded in recapturing the position.
Details:
422nd Award.
Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis presented on March 10th, 1944.
Proposed on February 25th, 1944.
Awarded posthumously.

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