Zingel, August

Date of birth:
January 20th, 1922 (Heidmühle/Oldenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
December 22nd, 2000 (Wilhelmshafen/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 12th, 1941
Details:
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 16th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer
Unit:
Stoßtruppführer Kampfgruppe "Krauth" / 15. / Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1942
Action:
His Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"In the very hard fighting, he had developed into a very good leader. Personally brave, he always kept his high spirits. This was noticeable especially during emergencies.
On the Robja front, at Point 58, there were strong Russian positions that could fire upon the route to Nowosellje and on the Robja front, the main road and supply route to Ramuschewo, Omitschkino and Bjakowo. They caused heavy losses to our own men, so they had to be destroyed.
After detailed personal reconnaissance, in the early hours of the 10th of September 1942 the attack began. Using a rubber dinghy the men set out for the Robja. In go-getting style they smashed the enemy in their field positions. They penetrated further to the main enemy position and destroyed the whole garrison.
In bitter fighting with his men, they took ten heavy bunkers, seven trenches and twenty-two small bunkers. The losses to the enemy were over 150 dead. Zingel's group suffered one dead and one wounded before they returned to their own positions.
This decisive success is to be owed to the heroism of Zingel alone. He showed cold blooded assessment of the situation, highest personal courage, unusual decisiveness, boldness and high circumspect.
I ask that the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross is given to this brave leader in recognition of his heroism and the result he achieved."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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