Schmitt, Erich (Grenadier-Regiment 118)

Date of birth:
May 16th, 1920 (Weiher-Mörlenbach/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
March 29th, 2002 (Viernheim/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Gruppenführer III. / Grenadier-Regiment 118
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1943
Action:
On the 12.07.1943, the Soviets began launching major attacks on the Orel salient, including the sector of the 36. Infanterie-DIvision. Here the Obergefreiten Ernst David and Erich Schmitt were instructed to hold outposts in a resistance line about 1.5 km in front of Hill 250.6. After a heavy enemy tank attack these men were faced with multiple waves of attacking Soviet infantry. They fought for their lives, firing away with their MG-42s with all they had and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. Ultimately they were able to hold the line long enough for the Grenadier-Regiment 118 to take up new defensive positions. For their bravery on this day both men would receive the Knight’s Cross.
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