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Grüner, Georg

Date of birth:
August 9th, 1915 (Windhoek, German Southwestern Afrika)
Date of death:
March 11th, 1944 (Proskurov/Khmelnytskyi Oblast, Ukraine)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
September 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant (RDA -126-);
?: Hauptmann;
March 1st, 1944: Major (RDA -359-, postuum toegekend).

Career:
?: Panzer-Abteilung 33;
March 1940: Panzer-Abteilung 100;
February 1941: Panzer-Abteilung 33;
January 1942: Panzertruppenschule;
May 1942: XXXII. Armeekorps;
December 20th, 1942: Kommandeur II. / Panzer-Regiment 100;
April 4th, 1943: Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Regiment 6;
November 10th, 1943: Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Regiment 2.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 5th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
397th Award.
Received the clasp when it was introduced.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. Kompanie, I. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 33, 9. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1941
Award 1/1
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef, 1. Kompanie, I. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 33, 9. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes the Knight’s Cross actions of Georg Grüner as follows…

“During the thrust into the city of Mirgorod Grüner succeeded in extinguishing the flames that were consuming the bridge located there in an exceptional display of duty, in which he paid no attention to the enemy elements in his rear. As he was doing so he noticed a Russian column with heavy AA guns, artillery and tanks that was approaching the bridge. Recognizing the favourability of the situation Grüner ruthlessly attacked this column. After its destruction he pressed on through the other district of Mirgorod up to the high ground located southeast of the city.”
689th Heer Award.
Submitted on November 16th 1941.
Preliminary document and decoration on November 25th 1941 to AOK 2.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 2, 16. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 26th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his Abteilung’s successes near Cherkassy in early 1944. On the 10.01.1944 Grüner’s Abteilung (as part of Kampfgruppe Palm) distinguished itself during the 30 km thrust from Kobylnia (NE of Vinnitsa) through Lossowataja, Boblowo and Kassakowka. His unit also succeeded in freeing the divisional staff in Obodnoje while destroying 11 T-34s.

On the 25.01.1944 Grüner oversaw the building of a bridge in the Gornyj-Tikitsch sector (SW of Kharkov) despite the extremely difficult conditions, and in doing so permitted successful German countermeasures in the area.

During the time period 10.01-20.02.1944 Grüner’s Abteilung succeeded in destroying a total of 281 enemy tanks.
436th Award.
Submitted on March 13th 1944.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)

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