Menges, Otto

Date of birth:
May 9th, 1917 (Bechtoslheim, Germany)
Date of death:
May 24th, 1944 (Cassino, Italy)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Pomezia
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Flight Sergeant)
Unit:
6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Action:
On the morning of 08.02.1944 the Allies launched an attack on the German positions NW of Cassino with strong forces. Here they managed to capture Hill 593 and thus threaten the whole German front in the area. In this critical moment Oberfeldwebel Menges launched a counterattack with his Kompanie on his own initiative. Despite the difficult terrain and the heavy enemy fire he was able to recapture the crucial height from the enemy.

Later, on 11.02.1944, the Allies were able to achieve a break-in at the German frontline between Hill 593 and the Schützenhöhe following a heavy artillery barrage. Oberfeldwebel Menges once again launched an independent counterattack with his Kompanie that threw back the enemy following bitter close combat. He then held the recaptured frontline against further enemy attacks.

For his successes during the fighting here Menges would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 18th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1942
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1943
Ärmelband Kreta
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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