Pelzer, Jakob

Date of birth:
September 3rd, 1919 (Ansbach/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
September 2nd, 1942 (Ansbach/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
1. / Infanterie-Regiment 61 / 7. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1942
Action:
On 10.11.1941 the 1./Infanterie-Regiment 61 had the orders to to occupy and hold a forest position near Golowkowo. On the same day the Soviets attacked this position with heavy artillery and mortar support. Some Soviet soldiers managed to storm an MG nest and wipe out its crew. In this fight the Germans were unable to conjure the necessary reserve for a counterattack. On his own initiative, and despite the strongest enemy MG fire, he managed to retake the captured MG nest with a captured enemy MG and drive off or destroy the enemy soldiers therein. Following this he held the position against all enemy attacks, being heavily wounded in the process.

With this the enemy attempt at a break-in of the German front here, as well as a possible encirclement following this, was thwarted only through the bold and fearless actions of Gefreiter Pelzer. He was subsequently awarded the Knight’s Cross as a result.
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