Heymann, Otto

Date of birth:
January 17th, 1913 (Hopen/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Date of death:
March 13th, 1974 (Marne/Schleswig-Holstein, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptfeldwebel
Unit:
5. / Panzer-Regiment 31
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 8. / Panzer-Regiment 31
Awarded on:
March 17th, 1945
Action:
Awarded for distinguishing himself on the 17.01.1945, a day on which his Bataillon was involved in cleaning up several Soviet penetrations in the sector of the 549. Volksgrenadier-Division. The following except describes his actions as follows…

“During the fighting he was deployed alone with his Panzer, with no infantry to cover the flanks of his retreat. Heymann was attacked three times by 20-28 tanks, however he held his post and was able to destroy 25 enemy tanks. He only pulled back after he had run out of armour-piercing ammunition and enemy infantry had approached to within Panzerfaust range.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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