Pietzonka, Erich

Date of birth:
October 4th, 1906 (Plümkenau-Oppeln/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 18th, 1989 (Bad Sassendorf/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Erich Poetzonka was POW to the American form September 19th, 1944 until May 6th, 1946.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1942
Medaglia de bronzo al Valore
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1942
Details:
Award 25/83.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7 / 2. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division / XXV.Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe D / Festung Brest
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2 during the occupation of Rome (08-10.09.1943). He was also recognized for his command of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7 during the fighting SE of Kirovograd in the winter of 1943/44. Here, despite losing a battalion commander and several Kompanie commanders, as well as frequent shortages of food and ammo, he was nonetheless able to achieve notable success with his unit.
Details:
1345th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 7 / 2. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division / XXV.Armee-Korps / Heeresgruppe D / Festung Brest
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
During the US advance to Brest in 1944, Pietzonka and his Regiment were able to check a US thrust with violence and skill. In the process they destroyed 43 tanks in close combat and captured over 300 prisoners. For this success, which bought a good deal of time for the preparation of the defenses around the city, Pietzonka received the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
584th Award.

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