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Blümke, Friedrich

Date of birth:
February 18th, 1898 (Rahnwerder/Pommerania, Germany)
Date of death:
September 14th, 1944 (Field Hospital at the Dnjestr, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
September 20th, 1944: Generalmajor.

Career:
1916: Armee;
October 12th, 1937 - September 20th, 1940: Ia 23.Infanterie-Division;
August 15th, 1942: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 347;
January 5th, 1944: Führerreserve des OKH;
July 5th, 1944 - August 24th, 1944: Führer 257. Infanterie-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 347, 197. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1943
The following wartime excerpt describes why Blümke was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“During the middle of October Oberst Friedrich Blümke (whose Grenadier Regiment belongs to the Hessian-Saar 197. Infanterie-Division, which was named in the Wehrmachtbericht of the 11.10.1943) prevented a large-scale enemy breakthrough attempt on the central sector of the Eastern front, northeast of Orsha. He brought the divisional reserve forwards and led it in a counterattack despite being hindered by a not-yet fully healed wound. This counterattack succeeded in throwing back the broken-in Russians.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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