Zehnder, Eugen

Date of birth:
March 2nd, 1917 (Oberurbach, Germany)
Date of death:
April 18th, 1991 (Urbach, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 23rd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1941
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 10th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberjäger (Corporal)
Unit:
1./Gebirgsjager-Regiment 13
Awarded on:
March 7th, 1943
Action:
On January 17, 1943, Zehnder's battalion was holding a dominant rock position in front of Tuapse in the West Caucasus, one which the Soviets had been attacking continuously for two weeks. At this time the battalion was reinforced by a company of Turkish soldiers, who did not speak much German but were nonetheless competent shooters. On this day the MG of a German squad was knocked out. Zehnder grabbed an intact MG and ran to the beleaguered group under intense enemy fire, an action which likely saved the men involved.

Later on, in the afternoon, Zehnder found himself in the leftmost position of his sector with only one other rifleman and a Turk. Below the position, he suddenly spotted a advancing Russian assault group of forty to fifty men. With the Turk giving covering fire, Zehnder and his fellow soldier stormed down the ridge and overran the enemy soldier. This independent and decisive action thus led to a significant success for the entire defensive front in that particular sector, and Zehnder was recognized for it with the award of the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 2nd, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber

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