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Grünert, Richard

Date of birth:
October 8th, 1899 (Ströbel/Landkreis Schweidnitz/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 13th, 1943 (Malaya Kamenka/Rostov Oblast, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 3. / Kradschützen-Bataillon 7 / 7.Panzer-Division / LVI.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1941
After already distinguishing himself during the capture of Vilnius Grünert would furthermore distinguished himself during Operation Typhoon on the 03.10.1941 at Matrjonina and later on the 11.-12.10.1941 when reaching an important highway. In this later action, taking place near Vyazma, he and his troops stormed a well-camouflaged position along the highway and some high ground nearby. After his Zug leader had fallen Grünert led his men forward into combat personally and was able to capture this enemy blocking position after a hard fight. For the sum of these achievements he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
736th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 7 / 7.Panzer-Division / Armee Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
On the morning of the 10.03.1943, near a Soviet bridgehead over the Donez river, the city of Kamenka and the nearby village of Donetzkij was overrun by attacking Soviet troops. In response Major Grünert launched a counterthrust with his Bataillon to recapture Kamenka even though his unit was running low on ammunition. After quickly assembling for this Grünert and his men succeeded in retaking the city and in doing so prevented a Soviet breakthrough in the area. Grünert, who would die in battle a few days later, received the Oakleaves for his decisive actions here.
244st Award. Posthumously awarded.

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