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Fechner, Fritz

Date of birth:
December 16th, 1913 (Danzig-Langfuhr, Danzig)
Date of death:
April 6th, 1990 (Thalheim/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

In service from October 1st 1934. Served with the Bundeswehr from 1956 until 1972.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann
Unit:
II. / Panzer-Regiment 201
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Panzer-Regiment 23 / 9.Panzer-Division / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1943
Awarded for his Abeilung’s exceptional achievements in the time period 04.-16.09.1943. A particular success came on the 11.09.1943. On this day Fechner led a newly assembled armoured group (comprised of the II./Pz.Rgt. 23, elements of the Pz.Rgt. 33, the II./Pz.A.R. 102, the 3./Pz.Pi.Bt. 86 and the I./Pz.Gr.Rgt. 11) out of Podubnyj, advanced through Iwanowka and Fedrowka to the north, and thereafter captured Kamenka and the Meshewaja train station while utilizing the shock effect of a friendly Stuka attack. By this action the supply road for the Soviet 23rd Tank Corps (which had broken through to the west) was blocked. In a further thrust towards Poputnyj the gap between the 6. Armee and 1. Panzer-Armee was almost closed.
Submitted on October 2nd 1943.
Preliminary document en decoration on October 12th 1943 to Pz.AOK 1.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Abt.Fhr., II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 201, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1942
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
1323rd Award.

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