Ochs, Heinrich

Date of birth:
April 19th, 1915 (Ettlingen/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
October 12th, 1943 (Mikhaylovka/Volgograd Oblast, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 11th, 1942
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzejäger-Abteilung 101 / 101.Jäger-Division / XXXXIV.Armee-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1943
Action:
In the early morning hours of 06.04.1943 Soviet infantry managed to capture a strongpoint on the railroad embankment north of Krymskaja and thrust along the embankment up to the German main line. From here they threatened to cut off the Bataillon z.b.V. 500, positioned in the swampy ground east of the railroad, from its connection to the rear. There also was the possibility of two other Kampfgruppen being rolled up from the flank. Recognizing this danger, Oberfeldwebel Ochs mustered a few men from his platoon as well as some Jäger on his own initiative. He then counterattacked the enemy and, leading his men from the front, was able to push the enemy back 2 km and recapture the strongpoint after a three hour close-quarter battle.

For this act he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
1821st award.
Preliminary Award Document d.d. June 4th 1943.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1943
Crucea Serviciul Credincios III.Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzejäger-Abteilung 101 / 101.Jäger-Division / XXXXIV.Armee-Korps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1943
Action:
Awarded in recognition of his accomplishments in October of 1943, during his Division’s defensive battles between Zaporozhye and Melitopol in the area Wassiljewka-Michailowka. He was described by his Divisional commander as one of his best young officers.
Details:
360th Award.
Preliminary Award Certificate dd January 4th 1944, posthumous award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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