Hemmerich, Erwin

Date of birth:
July 16th, 1915 (Holzwickede/Unna, Germany)
Date of death:
March 19th, 1945 (Rheinbrohl/Andernach, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Erwin Hemmerich lies buried in Grave 23 at the Kriegsgräberstätte in Rheinbrohl. He reached the rank of Hauptmann.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
3. Kompanie, Pionier-Bataillon 106, 106. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Pionier-Bataillon 326, 326. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1945
During the Allied counterattack against the northern German flank of the Ardennes offensive, the Pionier-Bataillon 326 under the command of Hauptmann Hemmerich stood as the defenders of the village of Neuville, northwest of St. Vith. They defended this village with the courage of desperation against much superior enemy forces, destroying a number of tanks and preventing a breakthrough here that would have had grim consequences for the wider situation. Hemmerich would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for the defensive stand of his Bataillon here.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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