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Bachmaier, Ludwig

Date of birth:
August 24th, 1895 (St. Wolfgang-Wasserburg/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 24th, 1957 (Landshut/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1913: Gefreiter;
1914: Unteroffizier;
1920: Vizefeldwebel;
1921: Feldwebel;
July 1936: Leutnant der Reserve;
1938: Oberleutnant der Reserve;
1939: Hauptmann der Reserve;
January 31st, 1942: Major der Reserve;
1944: Oberstleutnant der Reserve.

Career:
1912: 1. Eskadron, Kgl. Bayr. Chevaulegers-Regiment;
1917: Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung I;
November 1917: Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung II;
1918: Flieger-Kompanie, Flieger-Ersatz-Abteilung I;
1918: Intendant I. Armeekorps;
1921: A-Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 9;
1936: Infanterie-Regiment 62;
August 26th, 1939: Führer I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 179;
February 28th, 1942: Führer I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 542;
1942: Kommandeur Ski-Bataillon 387;
June 30th, 1943: Führer Grenadier-Regiment 542;
August 1943: Stab Militär-Befehlshaber Frankreich;
1944: Führer Reserve-Grenadier-Regiment 251;
1944: Führer Grenadier-Regiment 1210.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 26th, 1940
Deutsches Schutzwall-Ehrenzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 179, 57. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Bachmaier was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Hauptmann Bachmaier did an outstanding job of leading his Bataillon from the foremost line during the costly fighting to expand the Poltava bridgehead on the 19.09.1941 and the days that followed. He and his Bataillon were primarily responsible for establishing a crossing over the Kolomak river, which was an important achievement since the swampy terrain on the Worskla’s eastern bank complicated the deployment of additional forces. Hauptmann Bachmaier thus has a decisive share in the capture of Poltava itself as well as in the swift overcoming of the riverine/swampy terrain to the east of the city.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Ski-Bataillon 387, 387. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 3rd, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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