Henze, Albert

Date of birth:
August 7th, 1894 (Kirchhain/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
March 31st, 1979 (Ingolstadt/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
January 27th, 1915: Gefreiter;
April 21st, 1915: Unteroffizier;
August 2nd, 1915: Vizefeldwebel;
March 20th, 1916: Leutnant der Reserve;
May 20th, 1920: Leutnant (Polizei);
October 21st, 1934: Hauptmann (Reichsheer);
January 1st, 1939: Major;
December 1st, 1941: Oberstleutnant;
April 1st, 1942: Oberst;
November 9th, 1944: Generalmajor;
May 1st, 1945: Generalleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on July 27th, 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1940
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on January 27th, 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Panzergrenadier-Regiment 110, 11. Panzer Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 110, 11. Panzer Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1943
1956th Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 110, 11. Panzer Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1944
Awarded for distinguishing himself during the operations of the 11. Panzer-Division south of Cherkassy in the time period November-December 1943.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Gruppe Henze, 21. Feld-Division (L), Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 21st, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
At the beginning of the battle of Courland, on the 23.12.1944, the Soviets managed to penetrate deeply into the combat area of the 21. Feld-Division (L) south of Dzukste following heavy artillery preparation. On the next day the enemy continued their attack against the centre of the Division’s front with 6 rifle divisions and the bulk of a tank corps. Recognizing the danger of a breakthrough, Generalmajor Henze ordered a counterattack into the flank of the Soviet assault formation. This counterthrust managed to succeed with the support of Sturmgeschütze, and a new defensive line was formed. Soviet losses amounted to 90 tanks, 3 assault guns and 5 artillery pieces.

Henze would receive the Oakleaves for this action.
709th Award.

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