Wittmann, August

Date of birth:
July 20th, 1895 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
March 29th, 1977 (Glonn/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 3. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Commander Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 95
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1941
Action:
Here follows an excerpt concerning the award of Wittmann's Knight's Cross...

"After attacking three times with his battalion on 28/29.05.1941 Oberstleutnant Wittmann has by his own initiative led his men in an unstoppable advance and prevented the scheduled British withdrawal from Stylos (planned for May 28th 1941). Through a bold attack east of Rethimnon on 29.05.1941 he forced two battalions of Australians and a few hundred Greeks to surrender. Oberstleutnant Wittmann has reached the town of Jerapetra after a march of 175km from his starting position at Iraklion and has thus brought about the capture of the eastern part of Crete. These great successes are due to the energy and commitment of Oberstleutnant Wittmann."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1941
Action:
In the execution of operations on Crete, the commander of a Mountain Division, General Major Ringel, and as commanders of mountain regiments, the Colonels Utz, Jais and Krakau and the commander of a mountain artillery regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Wittmann, along with their subordinate troops had a decisive share.
Wehrmachtbericht

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