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Ehrt, Günther

Date of birth:
February 16th, 1916 (Heidelberg/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
November 20th, 1944 (Heidelberg/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Heidelberg
Plot: A. Grave: 51.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer 1. / Infanterie-Regiment 41 (motorisiert) / 10. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 3rd, 1942
The following wartime excerpt describes why Ehrt would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“As a result of the Bataillon commander’s energetic and ruthlessly conducted attacks the enemy’s February offensive against the flank of the 4. Armee (executed with strong forces and plenty of modern war materiel) came to a definitive failure. Their operational objective, to unite their forces to the north and south of the road and thereafter roll up the four Armee-Korps located east of their intended breakthrough point, came to naught. By this the danger to the 4. Armee was averted and the vital supply line remained secure.

Oberleutnant Ehrt had the decisive share in this battlefield success.”

The following press article provides an additional description of these actions…

“Hauptmann Ehrt was responsible for ensuring that all the attempts of the far larger enemy forces to cut off a vital German supply road were in vain. Ehrt launched counterattacks against the Soviet forces and seized their positions on both sides of the road via hard close-combat.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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