Reichardt, Hans-Ludwig

Date of birth:
April 18th, 1904 (Kirchberg/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
February 2nd, 1944 (Steinau an der Oder/Silesia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Hans-Ludwig Reichardt reached the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 192, 56. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1941
Action:
Major Reichardt received the order on 27.06.1941 to command a Vorausabteilung of the 56. Infanterie-DIvision, and with this unit capture the bridge at Huszyn over the Turja in an intact condition. Despite heavy resistance from Soviet rearguards supported by artillery Reichardt was able to accomplish his mission in a display of exceptional drive. By this he fulfilled an important precondition for the German capture of Kovel, and was recognized for it with the award of the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Kampfgruppe Steinau, 408. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his command of the Heeres-Unteroffizier-Schule Jauer during the defense of Steinaus in early 1945. Ordered into position on 20.01.1945, it took until the 23. to prepare the unit for its mission of defending the city. It did not take long for these defenses to be tested, as the Soviets launched their attack the following day and were able to penetrate the outer defensive ring on the east bank of the Oder. The NCO candidates were however able to tie down strong enemy forces until the evening of the 03.02.1945, after which they were able to break through successfully to the German lines as ordered after they’d run out of ammunition.
Details:
762nd Award.
Awarded posthumously.

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