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Dratwa, Johannes

Date of birth:
November 22nd, 1914 (Lissa/Westprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 12th, 2003 (Saarlouis/Saarland, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 2. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 184
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1944
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 2. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 184 / Heerestruppe
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
On the 23.01.1945 the Soviet 6th Guards Army began attacking the entire sector of the 121. Infanterie-Division, with their primary objective being the strategically vital Hill 111.4 (near Audari). However the defending Grenadiers, Panzerjäger and Sturmgeschütze of the 2./Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 184 denied the Soviets this prize over the course of bitter combat that lasted for 4 days. The Soviets finally suspended their attack on the evening of the 26.01.1945. Oberleutnant Dratwa was subsequently awarded the Knight’s Cross for the invaluable role that his Batterie played in the defense of this important piece of ground.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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