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Flachs, Bernhard

Date of birth:
March 18th, 1912 (Plauen im Vogtland-Chemnitz/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
December 8th, 1944 (Round Bedburg-Erft near Köln/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Bernhard Flachs was killed on 8th December 1944 near Bedburg-Erft. At that moment he was Inspekteur der Sturmgeschütz Schule Burg and on a tour at the front. When he was killed he held the rank of Major and was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
6. / Artillerie-Regiment (motorisiert) 14
Awarded on:
May 24th, 1942
Award 121/3.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Ia Hauptquartier Stabs-Abteilung / Artillerie-Kommandeur 149 / V.Armee-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1942
Awarded for his achievements during the march to the Caucasus. In this time he prevented Soviet breakthrough attempts on several occasions.
1248th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 277 / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
January 31st, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for the achievements of his Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung during the summer/fall of 1943. During the fighting east of the Dnieper, near Melitopol, Hauptmann Flachs and his Abteilung destroyed 46 enemy tanks in the time period 27.-30.08.1943 (of which Flachs personally destroyed 2 with close combat weapons). Some time later, near Novo Mountal, his Abteilung destroyed 54 Soviet tanks in a single day. The Abteilung would go on to distinguish itself south of Zaporozhye. Hauptmann Flachs and his Sturmgeschütze launched a counterattack on Flachs’ own initiative that threw the broken-in enemy back, recaptured the old frontline and destroyed 7 enemy tanks in the process.
381st Award.

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