Voigtsberger, Heinrich Paul Hermann

Date of birth:
February 10th, 1903 (Untermhaus, Germany)
Date of death:
March 17th, 1959 (Wittlich, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 20th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Commander MG-Bataillon 2
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his achievements in the first siege of Tobruk. As commander of MG-Bataillon 2 he was able to break into the outer ring of fortifications around the city and capture the height of Ras el Madauuar (Hill 209), forming a salient in the defenses that would be a thorn in the side of the garrison for some time to come.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Grenadier-Regiment 60 (mot.)
Awarded on:
December 9th, 1943
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his command achievements over the course of the second half of 1943, which included the following actions...
1) The heavy fighting on 24.08.1943, where 147 Soviet tanks were destroyed in the sector of his regiment over the course of several hours.
2) Launching a bold counterattack into the flanks and rear of a Soviet tank unit that had broken through German lines towards the Dnieper, which was subsequently destroyed.
3) On 14.10.1943 the German defense in the Zaporozhye began to break down and the defending German infantry divisions lost their cohesion. Voigtsberger's division was ordered to cover their retreat to the western bank of the Dnieper. Grenadier Regiment 60 (mot.) was in the center of this position, defending the asphalt road that led from the steelworks to the dam. His troops fought bravely and were able to build up a new defensive line, and even when Soviet tanks infiltrated through a gorge and showed up right in front of the regimental command post he maintained control of the situation, destroying them with Sturmgeschütze and Panzerjäger. His troops were the last to cross over to the west bank of the Dnieper and the dam was then blown shortly afterwards according to plan.
Details:
351st award

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