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Schneider, Heinz (Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 59)

Date of birth:
May 13th, 1915 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
September 1st, 1996 (Meckenheim im Rheinland/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Heinz Schneider finally reached the rank of Major. After the Second World War he served with the Bundeswehr and there finally reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 59, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1941
On 20.08.1941 the Soviets launched an attack into the flank of the 8. Panzer-Division on the Luga-Leningrad road, and threatened to achieve a break-in. Recognizing the impending danger, Oberleutnant Schneider and his company assembled to strike the attacking force (which had a strength of two companies plus heavy weapons) in the flank. His counterattack was successful and the enemy suffered losses of 50 dead, as well as 90 prisoners and 2 Pak, 4 HMGs & 1 mortar captured.

For his success in securing the Division’s flank Schneider ensured that its attack was able to continue without interruption. As such he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kp.Fhr., 3. Kompanie, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 59, 8. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1941
317th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres

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