- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Obergefreiter (Corporal)
- 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.