Laengenfelder, Hanns

Date of birth:
February 8th, 1903 (Nuremberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
July 18th, 1982 (Nuremberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1925: Fähnrich;
1926: Oberfähnrich;
December 1st, 1926: Leutnant;
February 1st, 1930: Oberleutnant;
April 1st, 1935: Hauptmann;
August 1st, 1940: Major;
November 1st, 1942: Oberstleutnant;
November 1st, 1943: Oberst;
January 1st, 1945: Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 106, 15. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1943
Action:
On the night of 30.09./01.10.1943 two Soviet regiments created a bridgehead on the western bank of the Dnieper about 30 km west of Dnepropetrovsk. In response Oberstleutnant Laengenfelder took his men and launched a counterattack, capturing Tritussaja and eliminating the Soviet forces in the bridgehead. For this act he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 15. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1945
Action:
On the 19.02.1945 Generalmajor Laengenfelder and his Division were able to foil a Soviet breakthrough attempt conducted by 5-6 divisions of the enemy 50th and 51st Rifle Corps along both sides of the Losonc-Altsohl road. The same turn of events repeated itself the next day with the focal point of the battle at Viglas.

Later, on the 25.02.1945, the enemy reached the village of Zvol. Slatina, however the western part of the village was held under Laengenfelder’s personal leadership in the face of 9 hostile attacks. The next day all enemy attacks were repelled successfully and a breakthrough in the sector of the XXIX. Armee-Korps failed to materialize.

For his role in these defensive successes Laengenfelder would be decorated with the Oakleaves.
Details:
Unnumbered award, would have been the 856th award when numbered.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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