Oberleutnant Fritz Axtmann DOW 8 km eastwards of Burewka Reserve Lazarett 1 / IV Alexandra hospital in Kiev - Ukraine.
Axtmann enlisted in the Bavarian Infantry Regiment 20 in Regensburg on April 1, 1933. He was assigned to the 7th Company. Axtmann was a non-commissioned German soldier when Germany invaded Poland in 1939 and he took part in the invasion. He displayed tremendous leadership and courage in battle and was so recognized by his superiors with the awards of the Iron Cross Second Class and two days later the Iron Cross First Class. He was involved in nearly all of the major conflicts in the East to include Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of Russia.
Axtmann continued to excel in battle and was relied on heavily by his commanders. During one period, his squad under his leadership held off twelve combat assaults by Russian forces. On November 1, 1939, the German officer corps recognized his leadership with a battlefield promotion to Leutnant.
Axtmann died of wounds September 13, 1943 in a field hospital in Kiev. In recognition of his valorous service, he was posthumously promoted to Oberleutnant.
01.09.1943: Oberleutnant (posthumously)
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