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Abraham, Erich Max Robert

Date of birth:
November 16th, 1921 (Krappitz/Kreis Oppeln/Schlesien, Germany)
Date of death:
December 8th, 1943 (Wjassowice, Eatern Front)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Erich Abraham was posthumously promoted to Oberleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 2. / Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 13 / 5.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1944
Awarded for his actions on the 08.12.1943 during the fighting west of Retschiza. On this day, following a four-hour artillery barrage, the Soviets launched a major attack against the sector of the I./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 13 at around 08:00. At this time Leutnant Abraham and his 40 men were defending on the Bataillon’s right flank, and here they held off attack after attack for three-and-a-half hours despite having all rearward connections cut off by broken-in Soviet forces. Abraham only break out to the rear at around midday while also taking along all his wounded soldiers. After this he went over to a counterattack with a reserve Kompanie that had arrived in the meantime. This counterattack would result in success, however Abraham himself would be fatally shot during the conclusion of this engagement.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 3rd, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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