Wechsung, Willi

Date of birth:
December 29th, 1913 (Lockhausen, Germany)
Date of death:
March 22nd, 2001 (Osnabrück, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Stab I./Infanterie-Regiment 426
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1./Grenadier-Regiment 426
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1943
Action:
During the defensive battle of Lake Ladoga Wechsung particularly distinguished himself. Over the days of battle he and his men were able to clean up a Soviet breakthrough, retook the command post of the neighbouring company and in the process destroyed a Soviet battalion staff. For these victorious actions he was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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