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Kron, Otto-Wilhelm

    Date of birth:
    February 28th, 1911 (Speyer/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
    Date of death:
    August 9th, 1955 (Dachau/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Partei Nr.: 3061726 from May 1st 1933
    SS Nr.:31441 from October 1st 1931

    Otto Wilhelm Kron was son of a Police Official and studied Law at Wurzburg University.
    He was assigned to SS-Wachtruppe Dachau/SS-Totenkopfverbande Oberbayern between 1933 and 1936, to the SS-Totenkopfverbande Brandenberg between 1936 and 1937, to the SS-Totenkopfstandarte Oberbayern Standarte 1 "Oberbayern" in 1937, the SS-Totenkopfstandarte Ostmark in 1938, the SS-Totenkopfstandarte Oberbayern in 1939 and Kommandeur Flak Abt. / Totenkopf.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 22nd, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    December 19th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Unit:
    Führer Flak-Abteilung SS-"Totenkopf"-Division
    Awarded on:
    June 28th, 1942
    Kron’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

    “SS-Hauptsturmführer Korn, who has already distinguished himself during the hard winter months in the defense of Molwotizy, has once again proven himself. On the night of the 24-25.04.1942, as part of Operation “Fallreep”, he led a Kampfgruppe which seized a crossing over the Wileny stream in a surprise attack and thereafter, despite heavy enemy resistance, was able to create a bridgehead under Kron’s brave leadership.

    Through the creation of this bridgehead it was possible to launch a further advance westwards towards Star Ramuschewo and northwards towards Prissmorshje from a solid starting point. This would lead to the first contact with the relief group led by von Seydlitz, which was attacking towards Ramuschewo from the northwest.

    In the further prosecution of this operation SS-Hauptsturmführer Korn received the order to cover the right flank of the attacking group with his battalion and create a frontline opposite the Sutschan bog.

    On the afternoon of the 25.04.1942 freshly arrived strong enemy forces attacked the east wing of the advancing German troops in the forests west and southwest of Alexandrowko, threatening to roll them up from the flank. This would have threatened the territorial gains which had cost so much bloody combat to obtain. Recognizing the critical situation, SS-Hauptsturmführer made an independent decision to intervene despite currently being attacked himself and only having quite weak forces following the fall of all his officers. Ruthlessly exposing his front, he assembled all available troops and with these attacking into the flank of the incoming enemy.

    In hard and bloody forest combat, which was fought partially in belly-deep swamps, he was with death-defying devotion able to smash the hostile forces and force them to retreat. Through this decisive action SS-Hauptsturmführer Kron has a major share in the successful conclusion of the Operation “Fallreep”, which resulted in the breaking of the encirclement around the Demyansk pocket. In recognition of his crucial intervention and its associated success I ask that this brave officer be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.”
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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