Pleiss, Gerhard

Date of birth:
April 2nd, 1915 (Remscheid/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
November 17th, 1941 (Hauptverbandplatz 2./LSSAH Taganrog, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Gerhard Pleiss reached the rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 1. / "Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler" (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1941
Action:
Gerhard Pleiß was a company commander in the reinforced LSSAH regiment during the attack on Greece. The first major obstacle for the regiment would be the Kliddi Pass, and Fritz Witt’s I. Battalion was ordered to capture it. Pleiß’s company began by attacking the dominating Hill 997, which despite heavily protected with MGs was cleared in just two hours of intense close combat. In the process the Germans captured over 100 prisoners and 20 machine guns. Pleiß himself was wounded in the process, but nevertheless was able to maintain his command of the company, which went on to capture the town of Kliddi itself later that day. Pleiß was awarded the Knight’s Cross for the swift seizure of his company’s objectives despite the difficult terrain.
Details:
Rank according to awarding document.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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