Holm, Max

Date of birth:
December 13th, 1914 (Dellstedt/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
October 19th, 1997 (Dellstedt/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberwachtmeister
Unit:
Kommandant Sturmgeschütze II. / Panzer-Regiment Führer-Begleit-Brigade
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1945
The following divisional order-of-the-day, dated 02.03.1945, describes the action by which Holm would be awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“On the 19.01.1945 the Führer awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Oberwachtmeister Holm, Sturmgeschütz commander in the II. Abteilung of the Panzer-Regiment.

By this bestowal the bravery and willingness to fight of Oberwachtmeister Holm during numerous operations in the hard winter battles in the Ardennes have received their due recognition. Particularly noteworthy was his performance on the 17.01.1945 in the heavy fighting around Chitontain, which were of great tactical significance. The Americans had succeeded in breaking through our positions with several tanks. With ruthlessness and bravery Oberwachtmeister Holm took up the fight with the fair superior enemy. Despite strong enemy defensive fire he repeatedly struck with his Sturmgeschütz and in doing so destroyed a total of 7 enemy tanks in just a few minutes. With this the renewed American attack was smashed while it was still forming up, and the enemy could be again thrown back from our lines.

The entire Division is proud of its Oberwachtmeister Holm, who received the high bravery award from the Führer for his selfless action.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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