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Andersen, Kurt

Date of birth:
October 2nd, 1898 (Hohenrode/Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)
Date of death:
January 9th, 2003 (Bonn/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 3rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Flak-Regiment 153, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
During late 1942 Oberst Andersen commanded the defense of an important strongpoint on the middle Don. This strongpoint was defended by one of his own Flak combat units as well as hastily assembled Heer units. In the fighting that ensued Andersen managed to hold onto this strongpoint with the forces at hand against powerful Soviet tank/infantry forces until friendly reinforcements finally arrived. 43 Soviet tanks were destroyed during the defense of this strongpoint, and its’ retention enabled the creation of a new German blocking position. Oberst Andersen himself would receive the Knight’s Cross for his defensive feat.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1942
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Rank:
Brigadegeneral
Awarded on:
March 13th, 1961
Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

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