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Fischer, Gotthard

Date of birth:
January 10th, 1891 (Goldap/Eastprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
July 27th, 1969 (Flensburg/Schleswick-Holstein, Germant)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
?: Oberst;
?: Generalleutnant.

Career:
April 15th, 1940: Kommandeur, Artillerie-Regiment 21;
February 1st, 1942: Artillerie Kommandeur 123;
?: Führer, 121. Infanterie-Division;
?: Kommandeur, 121. Infanterie-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Artillerie-Regiment 21, 21. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 29th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Führer, 126. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1944
On the 19.01.1944 the 126. Infanterie-Division was surrounded by a thrust of 60 Soviet tanks towards Kipen. In response Oberst Fischer, the divisional commander, decided to break out south of Kozelewo towards Telesi. Himself marching just behind the infantry spearhead, the breakout succeeded at around midnight on the following night. The following the area south of the Krassnoje Sselo-Kipen road was reached, signalling the completion of the breakout.

Later, on the 25.01.1944, a crisis near Woiskowizy was mastered by the Division, and 50 enemy tanks were destroyed. On the following night the Grenadier-Regiment 426 managed to break out to Kiwi Jarwi (about 5 km southwest of Gattschina) after being encircled in Parizy.

Fischer would receive the Knight’s Cross for his sound decision-making during this time, which saved his Division from annihilation as well as a collapse of the frontline in the area.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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