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Weidenbrück, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
February 5th, 1915 (Neuenkirchen, Germany)
Date of death:
April 28th, 2011
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant
Unit:
5./Panzer-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 5. / Panzer-Regiment 3 / 2.Panzer-Division / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for the success of his Panzer-Kompanie during the defensive fighting around Rzhev in July 1942, where they achieved the following...
1. Supporting Kampfgruppe von Goerne (based around Schützen-Regiment 304) in Bori north of Karmanovo on 06.08.1942.
2. The defensive fighting around Shtanino and Ryabinki starting on 10.08.1942. On the day after their arrival his panzers destroyed 20 Soviet tanks.
3. The overall success of his company in the difficult forest terrain throughout the battle, where they (with 7. Kompanie) destroyed 88 Soviet tanks from 05.08.-23.08.1942.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 104 / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the successful employment of his brigade in the sector of 5. Jäger-Division on 30.10.1944, fighting at the Narew front at Ostenburg (Pultusk). Following a Soviet breach of the frontline west of the Pelta creek Weidenbrück's men launched a timely counterattack that restored the old German lines, and 48 Soviet tanks were destroyed/captured in the process.
Details:
649th Award

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