Fritsche, Hans-Martin

Date of birth:
June 24th, 1909 (Tillowitz/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 27th, 1993 (Hanau am Main/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Career:
?: I. / Grenadier-Regiment 528;
?: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 11;
May 1945 - June 1945: American POW.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 528, 299. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 10th, 1942
With his Bataillon positioned as flank protection for the Division near Stara Iwanowka (in the Liwny area), Hauptmann Fritsche managed to hold off the attack of two Soviet rifle regiments (who had broken into the sector of the right neighbour) for an entire day via repeated counterattacks. By this he prevented an enemy breakthrough, and would receive the Knight’s Cross for his actions.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Awarded for his leadership achievements during the summer battles in the Orel area. He repeatedly managed to eliminate the penetrations of strong enemy forces with minor units of his own, always leading from the frontline. His Divisional commander considered him a rock in the storm on account of his reliability and ability to salvage dangerous situations.
307th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Stab, Grenadier-Regiment 11, 14. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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