Prinz, Kurt

    Date of birth:
    April 3rd, 1920 (Breslau/Silesia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    April 7th, 2009 (Kronach/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Kurt Prinz went into service on 3rd November 1937. During the second World War het functioned as Bataillons-Ordonnanz-Offizier with the rank Leutnant (since 1st June 1940) and as Kompanieführer and Kompaniechef with the rank of Oberleutnant (since 1st June 1942). From the spring of 1944 het served as Bataillonsführer and took part in the battles in South Russia. In 1944 he was also involved in the Ardennes offensive and became finally Führer of a Volksgrenadier-Bataillon within the 62.Volksgrenadier-Division with the rank of Hauptmann (since 1st June 1944). In April 1945 he became Prisoner-of-War with the Americans, but was transferred to Soviet impriosnment in February 1946, where he stayed until November 1949.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Captain)
    Unit:
    Führer 1. / Grenadier-Regiment 164
    Awarded on:
    April 14th, 1945
    Action:
    During the fighting for the Remagen bridgehead, on 17.03.1945, Oberleutnant Prinz received the order to retake the Großen Ölberg, the highest point in the Siebengebirge. With elements of the Kampfbataillon 162, consisting of troops from the Feldersatz-Bataillon 162, Prinz was able to accomplish this difficult task. After repelling an enemy counterattack, he received and carried out the order to withdraw from the hill. For this action he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 21st, 1943
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    October 19th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 29th, 1943
    Nahkampfspange in Bronze
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 26th, 1943
    Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    February 25th, 1943
    Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 15th, 1943
    Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 27th, 1939
    Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Norbert Beyerlein
    • Photo: Beyerlein sammlung
    • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Ritterkreuz Archiv II/2009, Veit Scherzer, Ranis, Juni 2009, ISSN 1866-4709
      - Kurt Prinz through Beyerlein sammlung
      - ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.de

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