Voß, Ernst

Date of birth:
November 3rd, 1899 (Timmenrode, Germany)
Date of death:
October 11th, 1943 (Nowo-Lipiwo, Ukraine)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
I./Infanterie-Regiment 24
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Grenadier-Regiment 585
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for the outstanding successes of his regiment during the first few months of 1943 in the southern sector of the Eastern front. Though having no prior experience of fighting in the East when they arrived at the front in January 1943, from 16.01. until 23.01.1943 Voß was able to fight a skillful delaying action with his regiment despite the superior enemy numbers and the lack of support on his flanks. The regiment also achieved numerous successes in the counteroffensive to recapture Kharkov that followed.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Grenadier-Regiment 585
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the defensive success of his regiment during the battle for the Dnieper river. In the period from 05. until 10.10.1943, northwest of Novo-Georgyevsk, Voß's weakened regiment was forced to defend a wide sector of front against a combined breakthrough attempt by 4 Soviet divisions. Fighting alongside his troops Voß was able to conduct a successful defensive battle before being wounded on 11.10.1943 by an AT gun shell (his sixth wound on the Eastern front). He died from it the same day, and was posthumously recognized for his contribution to the German victory in this sector.
Details:
314th award, awarded posthumously.

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