Heinze, Horst

Date of birth:
May 8th, 1920 (Northeim im Harz/Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
May 27th, 1965 (Lüdinghausen/Northrhine-Westphalia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 2. / Pionier-Bataillon 169
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1944
Action:
During the fighting in mid-August 1944, the 69. Infanterie-Division was pushed back by strong Soviet forces through the area north of Kowno up to Szaki. As this retreat was taking place the Division was overtaken on both sides by enemy forces and threatened with encirclement. In response Oberleutnant Heinze assembled all available forces nearby and engaged with the enemy. After two separate attacks he managed to throw the enemy back and prevent the encirclement of the Division.

This achievement would not have been possible without the energy and skillful leadership of Heinze himself, and in recognition of this feat he would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
2./ Pio.Btl. 169
Awarded on:
January 22nd, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Action:
doc signed by Generalmajor v. Mellenthin
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1942
Action:
signed by general Behschnitt Kommandeur der 254.Inf.Div.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./Pi.169
Awarded on:
February 24th, 1944
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Pi.Rgt.(mot) z.b.V.514
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Pi.Rgt.(mot) z.b.V.514
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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