Renisch, Paul-Ernst

Date of birth:
July 2nd, 1917 (Brussels, Belgium)
Date of death:
January 25th, 1998 (Ettlingen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
9. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1944
Action:
Awarded in recognition of his wartime service, culminating in his actions during the second half of August 1944. During this time the 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division fought to prevent a breakthrough by British troops into the Po valley. In this context Renisch and his III./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 defended the city of Pesaro (at the mouth of the Foglia river) for two days after an enemy breakthrough in the neighbouring sector. Despite being encircled in the process the result of this was that the main road through the city remained blocked long enough for the Germans to reform the frontline behind the city. Then Renisch led his battalion through the Allied lines back to the German positions at Rimini, taking advantage of the morning fog. Amazingly his battalion was able to pull this off without loss. Renisch would thus be recognized appropriately for his remarkable achievement here.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 21st, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1942
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1943
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe

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