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Kylling-Schmidt, Ekkehardt (Inf.Reg. 26)

Date of birth:
June 21st, 1918 (Flensburg/Schleswig, Germany)
Date of death:
August 28th, 2000 (Koblenz, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
June 25th, 1940: Leutnant;
November 1st, 1941: Oberleutnant;
?: Hauptmann;
?: Oberstleutnant.

Career:
October 10th, 1938: Infanterie-Regiment 52;
?: Führer, 3. Kompanie, Infanterie-Reigment 26;
?: Chef, 4. Kommpanie, Inganterie-Regiment 26;
January 1943: Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Fusilier-Regiment 26;
May 1944: 7. Infanterie-Division;
June 1944: Kriegsakademie;
?: Adjutant;
May 1945 - August 1945: POW.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 9th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 26, 30. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1941
Awarded for the following actions…

12.07.1941: Forcing the Soviets to give up their strong position near Kudka.

25.07.1941: Relieving an officer reconnaissance unit east of Rwy and personally destroying a tank in the process.

30.07.1941: Storming multiple Soviet field positions west of Gosstjosh.

12.08.1941: A reconnaissance towards Lowatj (west of Pleschakowa), which made possible the German seizure of the enemy bridgehead here.

22.08.1941: Launching an independent flank attack on a hill just south of Nagatkina and thereafter securing a great number of heavy Soviet guns at the bridge site near Iwanowka.

606th Heer Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942
Received for the destruction of a Soviet tank in August 1941.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942
Received for the destruction of a Soviet tank in October 1941.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942
Received for the destruction of a Soviet tank in October 1941.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 4. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Füselier-Regiment 26, 30. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1942
Awarded for further combat achievements, as outlined below…

27.09.1941: Closing the gap between the III./Grenadier-Regiment 27 and the Grenadier-Regiment 6 after the Soviets had launched a sally from Point 61.3 (NW of Lushno) to the Demyansk—Lytschkowo road. In the fighting which followed he brought every Soviet onslaught to a halt, and with his handful of men destroyed two enemy tanks in close combat.

02.10.1941: Recapturing the German main line west of Aleshenka after a Soviet penetration NW of Jamnik and near Point 55.4 (on the road Jamnik-Lytschkowo), with the consequent capture of 40 moderately constructed hostile field positions. After this Kylling and his Kompanie defended the northern edge of the village of Ssloboda against 16 enemy tanks with infantry support. The Germans were forced to pull back despite their efforts, with Kylling being the last to break contact with the foe. As he was changing position with a light machine gun he became wounded in the thigh.

17-30.09.1942: During the defensive battles around Lytschkowo he once again distinguished himself. Particularly noteworthy was a lone recon mission he conducted that brought him within just a few metres of the Soviet positions. By doing this it was possible to clean up the hostile penetration here.

150th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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