Mintert, Franz

Date of birth:
September 8th, 1913 (Lippstadt/Westernphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 9th, 2001 (Rüthen/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Franz Mintert finally reached the rank of Unteroffizier.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Richtschütze Panzerjäger-Abteilung 26
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1942
In the middle of August 1942 the 26. Infanterie-Division, including the anti-tank gunner Obergefreiter Mintert, were positioned in the area around Bolchow (north of Orel). In this time the Soviets launched an attempt at an armoured breakthrough, a move which brought them into contact with Obergefreiter Mintert. Mintert, despite being outflanked to both the left and right and having his neighbouring Pak destroyed, nonetheless resisted bitterly. Soon a circle of burning enemy tanks surrounded his Pak, with Mintert having held his gun position bravely. In a short time he had destroyed 7 attacking enemy tanks, after which the rest were compelled to retreat.

For this decisive contribution to the German defense, which no doubt was invaluable in preventing a Soviet breakthrough here, Mintert would be decorated with the Iron Cross First Class and later the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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