Hitzfeld, Otto-Maximilian

Date of birth:
May 7th, 1898 (Schlugsee-Blasiwald, Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
December 6th, 1990 (Dossenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. Battalion/ Infanterie-Regiment 158
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 213
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 213
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of his Regiment during the German breakthrough of the Perekop isthmus in 1941. The unit was positioned as one of the key German formations in the assault, and over the course of heavy fighting on the 24.-25.09.1941 the Regiment succeeded in breaching the deep Soviet defensive network up to the Tartar ditch. This bold thrust by Hitzfeld would trigger the collapse of other Soviet defenses in this area.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 213
Awarded on:
January 17th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded in recognition of the outstanding performance of his Regiment throughout its defensive actions against massive Soviet assaults during the hard winter fighting in the Crimea (1941/42).

Details:
65th Award
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General LXVII. Armee-Korps
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for the following actions on the western front during early 1945…

1.) Creating a new front in the West Wall in the Schleiden/Stadtkyll area (10.02.-20.02.1945).

2.) His battlefield conduct during the fighting in the Westerwald/Gießen (Lahn) area (20.03.-01.04.1945).

3.) The formation of a new resistance centre in the Kassel area and the creation of a coherent front in the southern Harz area (early April 1945).
Details:
158th Award.
A formal awarding is not known. Number is according to the dating.
Awarded according the so called "Dönitz-Gesetz". Al requested documentation was dealt with and confirmed by the OKH/PA/P5.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 213
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1942
Ordinul Corona Romaneii Officer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 213
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1942
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3

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