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Austermann, Johannes (Grenadier-Regiment 1146)

Date of birth:
June 24th, 1906 (Castrop/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 12th, 1973 (Waltrop/North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Awarded on:
January 26th, 1940
Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 19th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 3rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1941
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1942
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 1146 / 562.Volks-Grenadier-Division / XX.Armee-Korps/ 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
February 10th, 1945
Awarded for his actions near Scharfenweise (Ostrolenka) at the end of January 1945. In this time the Soviets attempted to interrupt the Germans’ ordered withdrawal movement via a regimental-sized thrust that had the support of 16 tanks. Major Austermann and his Bataillon were able to contain it with a counterattack of their own, and by doing so they held open an important road and shielded the Division from a potential flank threat. Austermann would be recognized appropriately for his ruthless and inspiring leadership during this time.
498th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Führer Grenadier-Regiment 1146 / 562.Volks-Grenadier-Division / Fallschirm-Panzer-Korps „Hermann Göring“./ 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for distinguishing himself during March 1945 in the costly fighting for the area Heiligenbeil—Gr.Hoppenbruch—Balga.
The awarding of the Eichenlaub to Austermann is uncertain and unconfirmed. Prbably the award was submitted, but not officially awarded.

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