Henze, Richard

Date of birth:
September 3rd, 1895 (Herzog-Julius-Hütte/Braunschweig, Germany)
Date of death:
September 15th, 1985 (Braunschweig/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
June 1st, 1939: Hauptmann der Reserve
February 1st, 1942: Major der Reserve;
March 1st, 1944: Oberstleutnant der Reserve;
January 1st, 1945: Oberst der Reserve.

Career:
?: Infanterie-Regiment 17;
?: Kompaniechef, Infanterie-Regiment 489;
?: Kommandeur II. Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 518;
1943: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 489

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 518, 295. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1942
Action:
On the 21.08.1942 Major Henze and his Bataillon launched an early morning crossing over the Don river. Despite the extreme difficulty of their task, Henze and his men managed to achieve victory and secure a bridgehead in this area. Henze would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross for his success here.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant-colonel of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 489, 269. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for distinguishing himself with his Regiment during the fighting in the Vosges mountains through late 1944 and the first days of 1945.
Details:
703rd Award.

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