Zitzen, Kurt

Date of birth:
March 25th, 1916 (Lobberich, Germany)
Date of death:
August 24th, 1993 (Viersen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Credited with 22 tanks destroyed.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 21st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 19th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 2./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 177
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for actions during Operation Citadel. On the 10th of July his unit was in action near Ponyri. In the late afternoon of the day he and five assault guns moved forward to attack a known Soviet assembly area in front of German lines. As they advanced Zitzen noticed 30 Soviet tanks assembling in the area as well. He withdrew his assault guns and set up ambush positions in anticipation of their attack, and sure enough shortly after dusk the Soviet tanks rolled forward. He waited until these tanks were 200 meters away before giving the order to open fire. In a furious close range firefight at ranges as little as 30 meters his assault guns destroyed 15 tanks and immobilized 4 more, of which Zitzen was personally responsible for 6.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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