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Ascher, Dietrich

Date of birth:
April 23rd, 1923 (Graz/Gröbening/Steiermark, Austria)
Date of death:
October 8th, 2010 (Vienna, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received in December 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received in December 1942
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Received in August 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 259 / Heerestruppe
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1945
Ascher received the Knight’s Cross in early 1945. In the first two months of the year his unit (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 259) was assigned to support the 21. Infanterie-Division. In January of that year the Brigade succeeded in covering the retreat of the division as it pulled back to Gumbinnen. Then it played a key part in the division’s counterattacks in early February, where in one attack near Liebhausen the Soviets were pushed back approx. 20 km. Ascher and his Zug proved to be of consistent help during the course of these operations, and he was recognized accordingly.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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