Reuter, Erich

Date of birth:
March 30th, 1904 (Neu-Hückeswagen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
October 30th, 1989 (Lindau/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 6th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 122
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1941
Details:
204th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 122
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
Details:
367th Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer Infanterie-Regiment 122 / 50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1942
Details:
Award 87/10.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 122 / 50.Infanterie-Division / LVI.Armee-Korps / 11.Armee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the Infanterie-Regiment 122 during the battle of Sevastopol. His regiment, fighting on the Schwalbenschwanzkamm, was able to take the vital so-called Spethöhe on 25.06.1942. The capture of this hill was vital for the continued battles of the Division, as it was only from here that observation into the town of Tschernajatal was possible. With this it was possible for the Division to employ its heavy weapons, especially artillery, in this area to full effect.

Reuter had already been recommended for the Knight’s Cross on account of his already having captured the heights at Cornesti (05-12.07.1941), fighting well at Holercani and lastly his actions against the Stalin Line (in particular the capture of the bunker north of the village of Cuzier).
Details:
1103rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1943
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
Kommandeur 46.Infanterie-Division / IV.Panzer-Korps / 8.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
January 21st, 1945
Action:
Awarded for the successful leadership of his Division during its battles on the Margarethen position between Budapest and Lake Balaton in early 1945. On 05.01.1945 his men were able to crush the enemy attacks, and close a frontline gap NW and W of Blauenstein via a counterattack on 07.01.1945.
Details:
710th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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