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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
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
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.
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
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.
584th Award.

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