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Heesen, te, Paul

Date of birth:
November 12th, 1916 (Osterfeld/Recklinghausen, Germany)
Date of death:
January 9th, 1945 (Colmar (Alsace), France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
I. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 11, 6. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzer-Abteilung 2106, Panzer-Brigade 106 "Feldherrnhalle", Heer
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1945
On the 28.11.1944 strong American infantry and tank forces began an attack on the village of Barr. At the time the commander of the Panzerabteilung from the Panzer-Brigade 106 ‘Feldherrnhalle’, Hauptmann te Heesen, was located in the village. He immediately recognized the danger to his area and, on his own initiative, immediately took over the handful of Panzers available in the area. In a counterattack he destroyed 4 Sherman tanks with his own Panzer.

After its gun had been disabled, he dismounted the vehicle and knocked out another 2 Shermans with Panzerfausts. He continued to lead the battle and, with his small unit, succeeded in destroying 13 Sherman tanks while ejecting the enemy forces from Barr. In doing so the potential enemy breakthrough in this area, which could have presented a great danger for the whole frontline in the vicinity, was averted. Heesen would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for his efforts.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
2. Kompanie, I. Abteilung, Panzer-Regiment 11, 6. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 10th, 1941
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 19th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

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