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Wittchow, von Brese-Winiary, Heinz

Date of birth:
January 13th, 1914 (Dresden/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
December 3rd, 1995 (Freiburg im Breisgau/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Between 14 December 1942 and 22 February 1943, von Brese commanded Kampfgruppe von Brese in the Stalingrad region. On 1 September 1944, after being promoted to Oberst, he was given command of the Panzerfüsilier-Regiment "Grossdeutschland", which he surrendered on 18 February 1945 when he was wounded the last time.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Battalion-Adjutant II. / Infanterie-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Battalion-Adjutant II. / Infanterie-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Battalion-Adjutant II. / Infanterie-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1940
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 6. / Infanterie-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
November 10th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 6. / Infanterie-Regiment 10
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1941
Details:
Award 40/71.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kompaniechef 6. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1943
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108 / 14.Panzer-Division / Generalkommando z.b.V. Mieth / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1943
Details:
1795th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer II. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 108 / 14.Panzer-Division / XXXXVII.Panzer-Korps / 8.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1944
Details:
441st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - 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
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Information obtained from biographical sheet provided by Heinz von Brese in a letter dated 7 July 1988

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