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Fritsche, Hans-Martin

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


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

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 528, 299. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 10th, 1942
The following newspaper excerpt describes why Fritsche received the Knight’s Cross…

“During the fighting southeast of Orel Hauptmann Hans Fritsche and his mid-German Grenadier-Bataillon were deployed against enemy troops that had penetrated in the sector of the right neighbouring unit. Through a combination of swift action and outstanding bravery, he was able to stop a further advance by the Soviets in a display of independent action.”

This action took place near Stara Iwanowka (in the Liwny area), where Fritsche and his men were serving as flank protection for the Division. Here Hauptmann Fritsche managed to hold off the attack of two Soviet rifle regiments for an entire day via repeated counterattacks of his own. By this he prevented a hostile breakthrough, and so he would be recognized accordingly.
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 opposing forces with minor units of his own, always while 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.
Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberst (Colonel)
Stab, Grenadier-Regiment 11, 14. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold