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Fehre, Siegfried

Date of birth:
June 5th, 1917 (Memel/Eastern-Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 23rd, 1944 (Tuganitzi, Russia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Beobachter 10. / Artillerie-Regiment 126 / 126.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
December 13th, 1942
On the 06.12.1942 Soviet forces supported by 9 T-34 tanks attempted to break through a German defensive line northwest of the Issakowa meadow. The defenses here had only been constructed on the previous day, and were being held by elements of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 209. Their assault was a success, and the frontline was lost. The only intact German defenses just behind it were the observation posts of the 2. and 10./Artillerie-Regiment 126, commanded by Leutnanten Lang and Fehre respectively. In response Leutnant Fehre directed artillery fire from his entire Artillerie-Abteilung upon the enemy, and eventually forced them to retreat. He would receive the Knight’s Cross a few days later for his actions here.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Braake, G., Die rheinisch-westfälische 126. Infanterie Division. 1940 - 1945, Ed. Dörfler in Nebel Verlag, Eggolsheim, Germany, 2004

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