Sturm, Hans

Date of birth:
July 29th, 1920 (Dortmund/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 11th, 2004 (Dortmund/Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

From 2 May 1945 to 10 October 1953 Hans Sturm was a Soviet POW.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Schütze
Awarded on:
July 29th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Schütze
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
Melder 6. / Infanterie-Regiment 473 / 253.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1942
Action:
Hans Sturm was company runner in Infanterie-Regiment 473 in the 253. Infanterie-Division. During a Soviet attack, Sturm was ordered to assess the situation. As he was heading for a German machine gun position, a Soviet grenade knocked out the machine gun position. Sturm jumped in and resumed firing the machine gun at the advancing Soviets. A Soviet tank round landed nearby, wounding him severely. Despite his wounds he resumed firing the machine gun and throwing grenades until a relief force drove off the remaining enemy. It was later determined that his actions saved the regiment from being encircled.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter
Unit:
6. / Infanterie-Regiment 473
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
According a letter written by Hans Sturm on 10th November 1989 he claims to have received the DKiG on 26th August 1942.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1945
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold

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