Schöne, Hans-Wolfgang

Date of birth:
October 4th, 1909 (Meißen/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
August 21st, 2000 (Celle/Lowersaxony, 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:
Führer II. / Grenadier-Regiment 1242
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for commanding the defense of Klessin in March of 1945. He commanded a battalion of officer candidates, and despite being heavily outnumbered and encircled they were able to hold the city for 300 hours. Their presence in the city enabled them to observe and bring down devastating fire on Soviet forces in the area (with up to 250 guns at times) with the help of a command tank in the city that was converted into an observation vehicle. On the night of 21/22.03.1945 the city was evacuated. Klessin, along with a mere 70 men out of the original 400 defenders, managed to make it back to German lines. However their sacrifice a Soviet breakthrough at Podelzig, along the Oder front, was prevented.

For his achievements in this action Schöne would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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