Willig, Karl

Date of birth:
August 31st, 1908 (Niederneisen, Germany)
Date of death:
December 2nd, 1977 (Eschwege, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regment 120 (motorisiert), 60. Infanterie-Division (motorisiert), Heer
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his defense of the key village of Marinovka on the western side of the Stalingrad pocket. He held onto the village in a series of defensive battles that lasted from 28.11.1942 until 10.01.1943. He was taken prisoner following the liquidation of the pocket but was among the few that survived, and he returned to Germany on 13.12.1949.
Details:
179th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Commander II./Infanterie-Regiment 120
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for successful combat in the second battle of Kharkov. On 17.05.1942 his battalion, fighting on the left wing of its parent regiment, was on the attack as part of the German effort to encircle Soviet forces. Willig, fighting at the front of his battalion, bypassed several Soviet resistance nests and stormed into the fortified village of Fidlerowo. In fierce close combat he and the lead elements of his battalion managed to wrest control of it. In doing so he brought relief to the right wing of the neighbouring German unit (100. Jäger-Division) and thus permitted the successful continuation of the German attack on the next day.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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