Schmelzinger, Bruno

Date of birth:
January 31st, 1922 (Mannheim/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
December 11th, 2016 (Erkrath, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Soldat
Unit:
4/Inf.Rgt. 544
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1942
Details:
Awarded for a wound inflicted on the 3rd of October 1942.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
4/544
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1943
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
4./ Gren.-Rgt. 544
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
4./ Gren.-Rgt. 544
Awarded on:
March 14th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
4./Gren.Rgt. 544
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1944
Details:
Awarded for his 3rd wound inflicted on the 14th of December 1943.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
4./Gren.Rgt. 544
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
Gewehrführer 4. / Grenadier-Regiment 544
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1944
Action:
During the retreat battles around Dünaburg, on 19.07.1944, Unteroffizier Schmelzinger especially distinguished himself. Despite having no contact with neighbours to either the left or the right, he was able to hold his MG position against multiple Soviet attacks for 12 hours. After this he was able to successfully pull back to the new main line of defense with three comrades. For this defensive success he would receive the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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