Hocke, Franz-Rainer

Date of birth:
December 29th, 1923 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
October 15th, 1944 (Calisese, Italy)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Futa-Pass
Plot: 31. Grave: 150.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Gruppenführer 7. / Grenadier-Regiment 200 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1944
On the 15.10.1944 Allied forces captured an important hill position just to the west of Calisese. Recognizing the danger this posed for his Regiment, Obergefreiter Hocke launched a counterattack with a handful of Grenadiers on his own initiative. It succeeded in recapturing this piece of vital ground after a bitter battle, however it would cost Hocke his life. He would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this tactically significant accomplishment.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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