Conrad, Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1913 (Heroldshof-Ziegenrück/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
October 6th, 1942 (Iwanowskoje/Russia, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 55, 17. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 55, 17. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Stoßstuppführer, 7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 330, 183. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Conrad would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“On the 06.04.1941 Oberfeldwebel Conrad swam through the Mur river while under heavy enemy fire. He stormed far ahead of his assault troop towards the enemy bridge guards, eliminating them and then overwhelming the remaining enemy bridge guards (located in the customs house) with hand grenades. After this, along with his assault troop, he engaged an enemy bunker located above the bridge while disregarding his own sides’ Pak fire. By doing so he enabled the Pionier unit following him to search out and cut the demolition wires. In order to make doubly sure the bridge was safe, Oberfeldwebel Conrad personally severed two additional cables that led to the bunker itself. After Conrad had fired the prearranged flare signal the Kompanie was able to move up and secure the bridge completely. Thus, through his courageous and determined aggressive actions, Oberfeldwebel Conrad brought about the capture of the Mur Bridge in an undamaged state as a result of his surprise attack. Its seizure was of decisive importance for the advance of the Armee.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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