Heinrici, Gotthard

Date of birth:
December 25th, 1886 (Gumbinnen/Eastern Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 13th, 1971 (Endersbach-Waiblingen/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 27th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 16th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 24th July 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXXXIII.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1941
During Operation Barbarossa the swift advance of the XXXXIII. Armee-Korps meant that it was able to reach the Berezina river at Schazilki on the 10.08.1941 with all its divisions a full 3 days earlier than expected. The next day it crossed the Dnieper at Strechnin and succeeded in interdicting the Gomel-Shlobin railway line. By this move the Soviets were no longer able to prevent the encirclement and destruction of the 21st Army, despite dispatching truck-borne reinforcements from Gomel.

This success, of major importance for the successful conclusion of the Gomel-Shlobin pocket battle, was largely on account of Heinrici’s aggressive leadership and he was awarded the Knight’s Cross in recognition.
510th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (General)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 4.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
November 24th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his Armee’s prevention of every Soviet breakthrough attempt east of Orsha while fighting along the Panther line.
333rd Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (General)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 1.Panzer-Armee
Awarded on:
March 3rd, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for his leadership of the 1. Panzer-Armee in February 1945, during which time he succeeded in halting the Soviet offensive arrayed against it before they overran the last still intact coalfield of Mährisch Ostrau.
136th Award.

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