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Meng, Heinz

Date of birth:
March 6th, 1920 (Beeskow/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
January 25th, 1979 (Beeskow/Brandenburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Kompanieführer, Pionier-Bataillon 292, 292. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
During the combat in East Prussia in February 1945, the 292. Infanterie-Division fought in the hard rearguard battles along both sides of the Tiefensee. Here an imminent enemy breakthrough near the village of Paulen was averted at the last minute by a counterattack of the Kampfgruppe Pionier-Bataillon 292 led by Leutnant Meng, a victory that was achieved only at great cost. However through this action Meng and his troops preventing a cleavage of the German pocket in which they were fighting, and as a result Meng would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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