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Einhoff, Georg

Date of birth:
October 19th, 1904 (Baven-Celle/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
February 18th, 1945 (Tukums, Latvia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Was killed as Kommandeur Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon 227.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 8. / Grenadier-Regiment 366 / 227. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 6th, 1943
Awarded for his actions in early 1943. After the Bataillon commander had fallen out the then Leutnant Einhoff took over the II. Bataillon. Over the course of the next 5 weeks the Bataillon would repel 97 major enemy attacks under the leadership of Leutnant Einhoff (including 73 via counterthrusts or close combat). In these weeks 31 enemy tanks were also destroyed in the Bataillon’s sector.

Einhoff particularly distinguished himself on one occasion at the start of February 1943. Having received fresh forces, the Russians launched an attack against the boundary between II. Bataillon and the right neighbouring Bataillon. Realizing the grave consequences an enemy breakthrough here would pose, Einhoff stripped the left wing of his Bataillon down to the bare minimum. He combined these men with the last available men from his staff, and then personally led this group against the hostile onslaught. This small force, supported by a Sturmgeschütz, was able to stabilize the situation. In the process they also rescued a small group of 10 German soldiers led by Oberleutnant Hahne that had been encircled in a shell crater.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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