Mischke, Gerd

Date of birth:
March 16th, 1920 (Barmen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1992 (Wuppertal-Barmen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
German (1933-1945, German Reich)


Gerd Mischke finally reached the rank of Hauptmann.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Zugführer 2. / Fallschirm-Flak-M.G.-Bataillon 1
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1943
Awarded for his actions in North Africa, where he played a major role in the German defensive efforts. His most noteworthy deeds are described in the following chronology…

26.11.1942: Preventing the further advance of US tanks to the north with his platoon in a fight south of Mateur.

09.03.1943: Destroyed an enemy tank at a range of 50 metres during a hostile armoured counterattack. After a further enemy tank ran over a mine Mischke prevented an enemy breakthrough against the German line 7 km west of Sedjenane, which had been badly weakened by fighting on the day before.

05.05.1943: With his remaining 4 Pak 38s, destroyed 6 enemy tanks near Sidi Abdallah while positioned in the sector of Marsch-Bataillon A 30. In doing so he prevented an enemy armoured breakthrough in this sector.

06.05.1943: Enemy attempted to break through along the boundary of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 160 and the Luftwaffe-Regiment Barenthin in the early morning. Here Mischke destroyed 8 enemy tanks. More than this he prevented the encirclement of the neighbouring formations and simultaneously helped create the preconditions for a counterthrust by the 15. Panzer-Division.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
4. / Fallschirm-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 2
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold