Ahrens, Hinrich

Date of birth:
March 15th, 1921 (Eickedorf, Germany)
Date of death:
December 31st, 2009 (Bremen, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

Hinrich Ahrens was born in Eickedorf, Grasberg, Osterholz, Niedersachsen on 21st March 1921. After attending Volksschule, he was educated for working in a mill between 1936 and 1939, until he was drafted into the RAD (Reichs
Arbeits Dienst) on 19th August 1940. After this he worked in France with the
Arbeitseinsatz. On 6th February 1941 he went into military service with 5. / Panzerjäger-Ersatz-Abteilung 20 at Hamburg.

During his service he was wounded on 9th August 1941. After his recovery he
was assigned to the Feld-Ersatz-Battalion X/9 until 25th September. He was
next assigned to 14. / Infanterie-Regiment 301 in the 206.Infanterie-Division. After recovering from several wounds, Ahrens was reassigned to the 13. / Infanterie-Regiment 1141 with the 561.Volks-Grenadier-Division.

After further recovery time at Kriegslazarett 912 bzw. Reserve-Lazarett
Oschatz, he was finally assigned to Ausbildungs-Kompanie 22 at Oldenburg
until the end of the war. At that time he became a Prisoner of War with the
Belgians, remaining in captivity from 28th April to14th September 1945.

Hinrich Ahrens died on 31st December 2009. He was buried on 6th January 2010 at the Stadtfriedhof in Grasberg.

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 29th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1943
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1943
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 19th, 1943
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
14. / Infanterie-Regiments 301
Awarded on:
April 7th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
13./Grenadier-Regiment 1141 / 561. Volks-Grenadier-Division
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Action:
During a large scale Soviet armour assault on October 16th, 1944, Ahren's PaK unit destroyed many of the 70 enemy tanks his division was credited with. It was during this action that Unteroffizier Ahrens earned his fourth Panzervernichtungsabzeichen (Tank Destruction Badge) for knocking out a Soviet T-34 with hand grenades.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Geschützführer 13. / Grenadier-Regiment 1141 / 561.Volks-Grenadier-Division
Awarded on:
January 9th, 1945
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Breyette T.W., Bender R.J., Tank Killers: History of the Tank Destruction Badge
    - das-Ritterkreuz.de
    - Ritterkreuztraeger 1939 - 1945
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum
    - Photo with Tank Destruction Badges

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