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Gerlach, Ludwig

Date of birth:
October 14th, 1919 (Wismar/Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany)
Date of death:
February 27th, 2001 (Hamburg/Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Ludwig Gerlach finally reached the rank of Major. After the Second World War he served with the Bundeswehr and there finally reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1944

Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Komandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 409
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
Awarded for his achievements during the Fifth Battle of Courland. He had the following humble words to say about his actions here…

“We held our position, even though everyone to the left and right had disappeared. Important terrain in the neighbouring territory was captured via counterthrusts; then the usual happened: All-round defense, no more contact with the Regiment, fought way back to friendly lines after about 24 hours while taking along all wounded, greeted with particular joy, had already been written off, received new sector, set up positions there - the old tune.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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