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Thomaschki, Siegfried Paul Leonhard

Date of birth:
March 20th, 1894 (Miswalde/East-Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 31st, 1967 (Bad Neuenahr/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on November 31st 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on January 27th 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Artillerie-Kommandeur 123
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1941
Details:
Award 33/6
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 11.Infanterie-Division / XXVIII.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his division's defence of the Kirishi bridgehead. Located on the east bank of the Volkhov river, this German foothold measuring just 4 km wide and 2 km deep was the charge of Thomaschki's 11. Infanterie-Division. In the period from 05.06.-05.09.1942 the Soviets tried to eliminate this bridgehead, but despite launching a total of 154 attacks against it in this time they failed to do so. The stubborn defense by Thomaschki and his troops of what would be nicknamed the "Verdun of the North" also earned him a mention in the Wehrmachtbericht.
Details:
1291st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 11. Infanterie-Division / XXVI. Armee-Korps / 18. Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Thomaschki once again showed masterful qualities of leadership in the defensive battles around Sinyavino in the time period 22.07.-06.08.1942, which resulted in his division being named in the Wehrmachtbericht. As a result he would receive the Oakleaves, as well as the veneration of his own troops. This was seen on 10.09.1942 at Annopovo, when Thomaschki had to depart his division. As he was leaving towards Novo-Lissino that day he was seen off by a kilometre long throng of his troops.
Details:
299th Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Buxa, W., Weg und Schicksal der 11. Infanterie-Division, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2004

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