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Grunau, Ernst

Date of birth:
September 28th, 1919 (Rüstringen/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
July 8th, 1989 (Travemünde/Schleeswijk-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Awarded on:
January 17th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer Begleit-Kompanie / 14.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
October 4th, 1944
In the days leading up to the 20.09.1944, near Berzmente (on the Danube river), Oberleutnant Grunau would distinguish himself through decisiveness and bravery while commanding a small Kampfgruppe. Made up of almost exclusively staff personnel, and supported by just two light Flak guns, this vastly outnumbered unit was able to stand firm against battalion sized enemy forces that had both tanks and infantry for almost an entire week through a combination of deception and tough resistance. Gruppe Grunau was ultimately able to prevent an enemy breakthrough in their area. For this outstanding success Grunau would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef Divisions-Begleit-Kompanie 14. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Kompaniechef Divisions-Begleit-Kompanie / 14.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
March 24th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
14. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
14. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1945
Awarded for his fifth wound inflicted on the 25th of January 1945.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
14. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1944
Awarded for his first wound inflicted on the 10th of February 1944.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz

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