Hohenhausen, Richard

Date of birth:
July 8th, 1914 (Berlin-Kreuzberg/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 14th, 2010 (Potsdam/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 2. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 184
Awarded on:
May 11th, 1942
Action:
On the 03.05.1942 the German relief attack towards Holm began at 22:00, with Savina as the jump-off point. Leading the way were 7 Sturmgeschütze under the command of Oberleutnant Hohenhausen, 5 of which were from his own (2.) Batterie with 2 as reinforcements from 3. Batterie. In the course of the attack 2 Soviet tanks were destroyed in Proninowald. On the 04.05.1942 a T-34 was destroyed as well, and the Kusemkino ravine was cleared. That night the Sturmgeschütze of the 2. Batterie formed the spearhead of the continuing advance, along with mounted Pionieren of the Infanterie-Regiment 411. On the morning of the next day they finally entered the ruins of Cholm, with Hohenhausen himself being the first soldier of the relief force to make contact with the defenders. The 105 day siege of the city was thereby ended at last.

For the critical role he and his Sturmgeschütze played in the relief operation, Oberleutnant Hohenhausen would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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