Regeniter, Alfred

Date of birth:
January 13th, 1922 (Radevormwald, Germany)
Date of death:
July 20th, 2016 (Adanau/Rheinland-Pfalz)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 3. / Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 276
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1945
Action:
On 01.02.1945 Leutnant Regeniter and his Batterie defeated an enemy tank attack west of Dretz (West Prussia). Regeniter and two of his platoons were then sent into a counterattack against the villages of Belino and Katsau on 03.02.1945 with elements of the Grenadier-Regiment 448 and 70 men from the Fallschirm-Flak-Abteilung 2 in support. In a swift assault they attacked the village of Belino first and, without losing any assault guns, managed to capture the city while destroying 3 enemy SU-85s, 1 T-34, 1 IS-2 and 2 4.5-cm AT guns. A Soviet captain and 6 soldiers were also taken prisoner.

Regeniter’s force then advanced in wedge formation to retake Katsau. Regeniter himself led the way into the village with another StuG, however this latter vehicle was soon disabled by motor damage. Regeniter nevertheless decided to press on alone, destroying 2 enemy assault guns and enabling the following German infantry to clear out the Soviet troops in the village.

Regeniter would receive the Knight’s Cross for the outstanding leadership of his Batterie during these battles as well as his personal total of 17 enemy AFVs destroyed, which included 4 IS-2 heavy tanks.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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