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Teusen, Hans

Date of birth:
July 26th, 1917 (Salz-Montabaur/Hesse-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:
February 11th, 2011 (Bad Neuenahr, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Hans Teusen finally reached the rank of Major during the Second World War. After the war he served from 16th February 1956 until 30th September 1977 with the Bundesweht and there finally reached the rank of Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 6. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for actions at the Corinth canal on 26.04.1941. After he and his platoon were dropped south of the canal they stormed into action and quickly eliminated an AA battery at the south end of the bridge. They were, however, unable to prevent the demolition of this bridge.

With this Teusen and the rest of his company (led by Hauptmann Schirmer), began their attack into Corinth. Teusen, with the help of two captured self-propelled AA guns, pushed into the city. There he met with Schirmer again and pressed on towards Tolos, taking enemy positions and destroying their rearguard. Teusen was wounded at this stage of the battle but remained with his troops. As the battle continued to go in the Germans' favour Teusen sent an English speaking Feldwebel to persuade the British to surrender. With a little bit of bluffing this attempt was successful, and Teusen's platoon accepted the surrender of 72 British officers and 1200 men.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 31st, 1939
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 29th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 6th, 1942
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 12th, 1942
Ärmelband Kreta
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
I./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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