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Großmann, Horst (6. Infanterie-Division)

Date of birth:
November 19th, 1891 (Sybba-Lyck/Easternprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 4th, 1972 (Rüsselsheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Horst Großmann finally reached the rank of General der Infanterie. He was a Prisoner-of-War to the British from May 8th, 1945 until July 7th, 1947..

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 1st October 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 25th October 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 84 / 8. Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1941
Awarded for his leadership of the Infanterie-Regiment 84 during the first months of Operation Barbarossa. He stormed Grodno and then held the bridgehead there against all enemy counterattacks. But his greatest achievement came in early August. On the 01.08.1941 his Regiment made an 8 km deep penetration into the Soviet frontline. Two days later it took the Dnieper bridge at Ratschino and the commanding heights at Watschkowo, holding these against all enemy attempts to recapture it. In doing this the Regiment would succeed in preventing Soviet troops from retreating over the Dnieper at Ratschino. Großmann, who was wounded in this battle, would be recognized appropriately for his unit’s success.
434th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 6. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
February 11th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Award 298/5.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 6. Infanterie-Division / XXXXVII.Panzer-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1943
Awarded for the successes of his 6. Infanterie-Division during the first few days of Operation Citadel, in which the Division participated in the combat on the northern part of the salient.
292nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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