Sensfuß, Franz

Date of birth:
June 21st, 1891 (Trunz, Germany)
Date of death:
March 11th, 1976 (Heppenheim, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
November 20th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 22nd, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 212. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1944
Action:
Awarded for repelling numerous Soviet attacks at Szpij, NW of Lake Narach, in mid-1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 212. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for the following battlefield achievements...

1) Holding a hilltop position near Raseinen during the tank battle there in August 1944. (04-09.08.1944)

2) Contributing towards the formation of bridgeheads at Weilerbach and Echternach as part of the left wing of the 7. Armee during the Battle of the Bulge. (16.12.1944)

3) Launching an attack on Echternach with his Füsilier-Bataillon, which he personally led from the front. (20.12.1944)

4) Preventing the enemy capture of the road near Irrel (leading towards Bitburg) and the formation of a new defensive front forward of Irrel. He was able to conduct the latter in spite of strong enemy artillery fire and air activity.
Details:
The awarding was supported by Reichsführer-SS on March 10th, 1945, the Oberbefehlshaber Heersgruppe B, Generalfeldmarschall Model on March 14th, 1945 and the Oberbefehlshaber West Generalfeldmarschall Kesselring on March 21st, 1945. Warding accoridng to the Dönitz-Erlass. When counted it would have been the 881st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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