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Preß, Heinrich

Date of birth:
March 27th, 1913 (Raunheim/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
May 30th, 1995 (Raunheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

Career and promotions:
9th April 1931: In service, Kurzlehrgang, 13. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
14th April 1931: Rekrutenausbildung, 14. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st October 1931: Schütze, 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st April 1933: promotion to Obergrenadier, promotion to Gefreiter;
1st October 1933: promotion to Unteroffizier, Gruppenführer, 5. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st April 1936: Hauptfeldwebeldiensttuer, II. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen and II. / Infanterie-Regiment 36, Worms
1st October 1936: promotion to Feldwebel;
6th October 1936: Hauptmfeldwebel, II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105, Trier;
1st February 1940: promotion to Offizieranwärter; 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st April 1940: promotion to Leutnant, Zugführer, 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
5th June 1940: wounded in Lazerett;
June 1941: Genesendenkompanie Ersatz-Bataillon 105, Wittlich;
August 1941: Kompanie-Führer-Lehrgang Ersatz-Bataillon 87, Koblenz;
December 1941: Kompanie-Führer-Lehrgang, Infanterie-Regiment 87, Wiesbaden;
1st February 1942: promotion to Oberleutnant, Verpflegungsoffizier, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
September 1942: Führer Stabskompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
November 1942: Ordonnanzoffizier/Kompaniechef, 14. and 4. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
May 1943: Führer I. and II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st July 1943: promotion to Hauptmann;
November 1944: Führerreserve, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st December 1944: promotion to Major;
February 1945: Regimentsführer Infanterie-Regiment 124;
May 1945 till 6th January 1950: Soviet imprisonment;
21st April till 19th May 1961: Training Schule für Nachrichtenwesen der Bundeswehr;
19th December 1962: Oberstleutnant der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
1940
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Verpflegungsoffizier Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Verpflegungsoffizier Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1942
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 4. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
April 6th, 1943
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer I. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
December 15th, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1944
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105 / 72.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher collection
  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Personnel record through Beyerlein sammlung

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