Feßmann, Fritz

Date of birth:
December 25th, 1913 (Urbach/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
October 11th, 1944 (Pakamonen near Tilsit/East Prussia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

1935 Soldat
1936 Gefreiter und ROA
1937 Unteroffizier d.R.
1939 Feldwebel d.R.
1940 Leutnant d.R.
1941 Oberleutnant d.R.
1943 Hauptmann d.R.
1944 Major d.R. (posthum)

Feßmann was killed in action on 11 October 1944. He had just debarked from his vehicle when a Soviet shell exploded before him, throwing him back into the vehicle and killing him instantly. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and promoted to Major of the Reserves.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 7 / 4.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
May 1940
Details:
Awarded in May/June 1940 for military merit during the battle of France. Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 7 / 4.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
June 1940
Details:
Awarded somewhere in June/July 1941 for military merit during the invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 7 / 4.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 1. / Kradschützen-Bataillon 64
Awarded on:
January 4th, 1943
Details:
170th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 5
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1944
Details:
103rd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
November 30th, 1942
Action:
severely WIA in Stalingrad
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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