The website has become even bigger and better! WW2Awards.com has been fully merged with TracesOfWar.com. From now on, the sections Persons and Awards are available. Much more information in a larger jacket

Schwerin, Graf von, Gerhard Helmuth Detloff "Gerd"

Date of birth:
June 23rd, 1899 (Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
October 29th, 1980 (Rottach-Egern/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Luitenant-kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
May 19th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 76 (motorisiert) / 20.Infanterie-Division / XXXIX.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
January 17th, 1942
Received the Knight's Cross for his actions during the fighting near Mga-Cory (on the approaches to Leningrad) in the time period 30.08.-05.09.1941. Schwerin and his Kampfgruppe found themselves cut off and under attack from all sides for three days during this time. Despite an order from the Korps to break out towards Mga, Schwerin decided to hold out with his troops until relief came. Through his outstanding leadership he and his troops were able to do just this, and in doing so played a decisive role in ensuring the fall of Schlüsselburg three days later.
803rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 16. Infanterie-Division (motorisiert) / XXIX.Armee-Korps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for Schwerin's leadership of the 16. Infanterie-Division (mot) during the retreat from the Caucasus in the winter of 1942-43. He was able to successfully extricate his division until eventually taking up positions along the Mius front in March 1943. His greatest accomplishment during this time was the destruction of the Soviet 4th Guards Mechanized Corps during the battle for the Fedorenko gorge (18.-23.02.1943).
240th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
16. Panzergrenadier-Division
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
16. Panzergrenadier-Division
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1943
Awarded for his leadership of the 16. Panzergrenadier-Division during its retreat from the Mius position in the late summer of 1943, and later for its achievements in the fighting for the Zaporozhye bridgehead.
41st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern

Sources

Photo