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Fischer, Gerhard (23. Panzer-Division)

Date of birth:
December 4th, 1915 (Görlitz/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
August 9th, 2014 (Dannau-Oldenburg/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 201, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 8. Kompanie, II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 12th, 1943
Panzerkampfabzeichen II Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 8. Kompanie, II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 28th, 1943
Oberleutnant Fischer was a Kompanie commander in the 23. Panzer-Division during the Division’s defensive battles in late 1943. On the 14.11.1943 the Soviets launched a major attack against the Division near the town of Nowo Iwanowka with 60-70 tanks and strong infantry support. Fischer was the commander of the Panthers in the German counterattacking force and he played a vital role in the battle. The German counterattack that day was a complete success, restoring the old defensive positions and destroying 31 tanks (plus another 4 immobilized), 12 AT guns and 31 AT rifles. 217 prisoners were also taken and over 700 Soviet dead confirmed. For his actions on this day Fischer was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Submitted on December 19th 1943.
Preliminary document and decoration on December 31st 1943 to Pz.AOK 1.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef, 8. Kompanie, II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 26th, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen III Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef, 8. Kompanie, II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen IV Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen IV Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 23, 23. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1944
4975th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres

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