Streich, Johannes

Date of birth:
April 16th, 1891 (Augustenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
August 20th, 1977 (Hamburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 15
Awarded on:
January 31st, 1941
Action:
Streich would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for the actions of his regiment during latter stages of the Battle of France. The British were trying to evacuate their soldiers from the small community of Veules-les-Roses, just east of Le Havre. Streich’s Panzer-Regiment 15 attempted to enter the town on 11 June but accurate AT fire prevented this. Streich decided on a night attack, and the gamble paid off. By the morning of the 12th Streich’s panzers were firing on the remaining Allied ships in the harbour, and the soldiers that had not been evacuated surrendered. Streich’s regiment claimed to have taken 26,000 English and French prisoners, including the French division commander Général Durant and two brigade commanders.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 1941
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare

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