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König, Eugen

Date of birth:
September 19th, 1896 (Trier, Germany)
Date of death:
April 8th, 1985 (Bitburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Kapitein)
Unit:
Regimentsadjutant des Infanterie-Regiments 352/ 246. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 19th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Majoor)
Unit:
Regimentsadjutant des Infanterie-Regiments 352/ 246. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Majoor)
Unit:
Kommandeur II./Infanterie-Regiment 352/ 246. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Major König distinguished himself as the commander of the II./Infanterie-Regiment 352 on the 06.02.1942 during the storming of Turowo (5 km southwest of Belyj) and the attack on Wlasnewo-Chirewo (02.05.1942). As a regimental commander, he then further distinguished himself during the attack on Ssuchowo, the continuation of the attack on Shury, and the storming of the Hill 228.4 (500 metres west of Gridina). His independent decision to attack and capture Hill 228.4 in particular (which was 4 km northeast of Belyj) was decisive for the elimination of the Soviet pocket further south as it enabled a linkup with the 1. Panzer-Division, which was attacking towards the north.

For his conduct during these battles König would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 451/ 251. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Following the loss of Ssewsk on the 27.07.1943, the Grenadier-Regiment 451 began a series of tough retreat battles that led through Tschernigow (on the Desna), Gomel and the Dnieper near Maleiki. König would be decorated with the Oakleaves for the leadership of this unit during this time.
318th Award.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 30th, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1920
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)

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