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Berger, Lothar (Infanterie-Regiment 84)

Date of birth:
December 31st, 1900 (Halberstadt/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1971 (Bad Schwartau/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
20.12.1924: Leutnant
01.03.1928: Oberleutnant
01.07.1934: Hauptmann
01.12.1938: Major
01.08.1940: Oberstleutnant
01.04.1942: Oberst
20.04.1945: Generalmajor

Lothar Berger had a strong personal commitment to the Meuse crossing and the breakthrough due to the fortifications in Belgium a major part in the success of his battalion. For that he received as Major the Knight's Cross as one of the first soldiers of the army. He acquired the oak leaves as Commander of the brigade eg 100 and as commander of Opole on the Eastern Front. In Soviet and British captivity until July 1946.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 28th July 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 24th September 1920.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 84 / 4.Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armee-Korps / 7.Armee / Heeresgruppe C
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1940
The following wartime excerpt describes why Berger was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Major Berger, the commander of the III./Infanterie-Regiment 84, has shown exemplary devotion to duty and led his men to decisive victories. The first of these was during the crossing of the Maas river near Yvoir (14.05.1940) with his designated assault Kompanien, which had been strongly impressed by their first encounter with truly heavy enemy fire. The second such victory was achieved during the penetration of the fortified works near Berelles, located along the French-Belgian border, on the 17.-18.05.1940.”
151st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1942
With swords.
Ordinul Steaua Romaniei Commander
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Brigade z.b.V.100 / XXXX.Panzer-Korps / 4.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1945
Awarded for his leadership achievements while commanding the Brigade z.b.V. 100 during early 1945.
806th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 24th, 1920
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1918
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1935
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1942
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