Schimpf, Richard

Date of birth:
May 16th, 1897 (Eggenfelden/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 30th, 1972 (Düsseldorf/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Reached the rank of Generalmajor in the Western German Bundesheer and was Befehlshaber im Wehrbereich III until June 26th 1962.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 17th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Fallschirmjäger-Division 3.
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1944
Action:
Generalleutnant Schimpf was awarded the Knight’s Cross for the performance of his Division during the battle of Normandy. Of particular importance was the defensive success of the divisional Vorausabteilung and the Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 12 along the St. Lo - Bayeux road on 14.06.1944. Following the arrival of the rest of the division the Fallschirmjäger would defend the line Bois de Cerisy-Hill 192-St. André-Caumont successfully against all attacks by US troops for three weeks.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Fallschirmjäger-Division 3
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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