Ammann, Franz

Date of birth:
November 3rd, 1919 (Genderkingen, Germany)
Date of death:
August 18th, 1943 (Boromlja, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1942
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 23rd, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 5. / Grenadier-Regiment 256 / 112.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1943
Leutnant Ammann and his Grenadiers held a commanding hill northeast of Orel against repeated Soviet attacks during the fighting in the area that took place after Operation Citadel. On the 17.07.1943 the Soviets launched three battalion-strength attacks with tank support against this hill, however each time Ammann and his Kompanie were able to throw repulse them via counterattacks after the tanks had overrun their positions. On another battle day Ammann managed to eject the Soviet forces that had entered his trenches on several occasions with a handful of available Grenadiers. He conducted the last such action on this day with just 4 soldiers.

He would later be awarded the Knight’s Cross for the commendable defense he put up at this hill.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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