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Bodendörfer, Kurt

Date of birth:
March 31st, 1914 (Lohr/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 7th, 1991 (Würzburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
April 1st, 1937: Leutnant;
September 1st, 1939: Oberleutnant;
April 1st, 1942: Hauptmann;
March 1st, 1943: Major.

Career:
April 1st, 1935: Reichsheer;
January 2nd, 1944 - March 1st, 1944: Bataillonskommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 215.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1939
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 13th, 1940
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1941
Ordinul Steaua Romaniei Knight
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
4. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 97, 46. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1941
According to a "Beurteilung" the DKiG was awarded on December 3rd, 1941.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 97, 46. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1942
1400th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 19th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer, Grenadier-Regiment 689, 246. Volksgrenadier-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 14th, 1945
The 246. Volksgrenadier-Division made the following wartime announcement concerning why Bodendörfer was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“The name Bodendörfer is connected with the difficult yet successful defensive battles of our Division during the Third and Fourth Battles of Aachen. In this time his Regiment had the mission of defending the Schophoven-Pier bridgehead (about 5 km south of Jülich) and thereby hold open the Roer crossings.

Starting on the 07.12.1944 the enemy repeatedly assailed the positions of the Regiment with strong support from both tanks and artillery, and the Regiment in turn defended itself with great bitterness under the energetic leadership of its commander.

On the 10.12.1944 the enemy’s numerical superiority finally produced a result, and they managed to enter into Pier with tanks by attacking from 2 sides. Prior to this Hill 103.1 had also fallen into enemy hands, and from here it was possible to dominate both the rear area and the Roer crossings. This created a danger that the enemy would bypass our defenses and capture the Roer bridges from the north while also encircling Pier.

In this critical situation Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer gathered up all the soldiers he could find and launched a bold counterthrust against the superior enemy. Following tough close combat he managed to clear Pier of the enemy, and the important Hill 103.1 was also capturing while pursuing the fleeing enemy. During this time 4 tanks were destroyed in close combat. Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer thus restored an extremely critical situation through his bold initiative and highest personal dedication. The situation would have otherwise led to the cutting off of his Regiment and the lost of the Roer bridges.

The enemy was prevented from accomplishing their aim due to the bravery and steadfastness of Oberstleutnant Bodendörfer and his Grenadiers.

This exemplary and decisive deed has found its recognition through the award of the Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 97, 46. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 14th, 1942
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
1162nd Award.

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