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Ziemer, Ernst

Date of birth:
December 9th, 1911 (Schwirsen-Cammin/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
August 6th, 1986 (Lüneburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 7th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Zugführer 15.(Radfahr) / Infanterie-Regiment 94 / 32.Infanterie-Division / II.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for actions during Operation Barbarossa. On 7/9/1941 Ziemer commanded the lead platoon of his regiment during its advance against a river near Molwotizky. Upon spotting an intact 8-ton bridge he burst forth with his platoon and seized it before it was blown up. He then held it against superior Soviet forces until reinforcements could be brought up. Through his actions his regiment was able to move across the river against enemy forces on the same day near Welikuscha and crushed them.
Details:
728th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
15. / Infanterie-Regiment 94
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 233/2.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 1. / Grenadier-Regiment 94 / 32.Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
November 2nd, 1943
Action:
Awarded for actions south of Staraja Russa in late 1943. On 23/10/1943 the Soviets broke into his company's positions with strong forces. Ziemer personally led his grenadiers into a counterattack and eliminated the greater part of the attacking force. In doing so he mastered a dangerous situation and ensured that friendly reserves did not need to be committed to this fight.
Details:
317th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - 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
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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