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Bittner, Herwig (Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 270)

Date of birth:
June 1st, 1920 (Troppau, Opava, Sudetenland)
Date of death:
August 22nd, 1944 (Kol.Gory, north west of Lublin)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Laurahütte
Plot: 4. Row: 21. Grave: 484.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

01.04.1940: Artillerie-Regiment 28
15.03.1943: volunteered for the assault artillery, appointed to the Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 270
00.09.1943: Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 270 supported 1. Skijäger-Brigade, 296. Infanterie-Division

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 29th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer, 1. Kompanie, Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 270, 1. Skijäger-Brigade, 296. Infanterie-DivisionHeer
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1944
During the major defensive combat near Gomel the 1./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 270 was attached to the hard-pressed 296. Infanterie-Division. Leutnant Bittner and his Sturmgeschützen were sent to an area to cover the retreat of friendly forces, however upon arrival they found themselves all alone in their assigned sector. No friendly infantry were to be found, but instead a formation of attacking Soviet T-34s and IS-2s was spotted.

Leutnant Bittner attacked this armoured formation despite being all on his own and without escorting infantry. He destroyed 5 enemy tanks and 2 motorized anti-tank guns. The attack was thereby brought to a halt, and most of the enemy armour pulled back for the time being. Leutnant Bittner was ultimately able to hold the position until hastily assembled reserves arrived and managed to reoccupy the frontline. Ultimately he and and a fellow Sturmgeschütz were able to destroy 7 tanks here without friendly losses.

Leutnant Bittner was subsequently awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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