Pestke, Hans-Gotthard

Date of birth:
June 17th, 1914 (Preußisch Stargard, Germany)
Date of death:
April 30th, 2001 (Celle, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. / Grenadier-Regiment 176
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1943
Action:
On the 15-16.09.1943, while positioned south of Lake Ladoga along both sides of a wye, Pestke and his battalion managed to repel 5 full-blooded Soviet attacks launched from Posselok. In the course of the battle they also managed to retake what ground they had lost through skillful counterattacks against the overwhelming enemy. For his performance in the fighting here Pestke would be awarded the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
311th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
3./Infanterie-Regiment 176
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1941
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Action:
Awarded for his capture of an enemy artillery battery near Hindu (by the SW corner of Dagö) on 12.10.1941, conducted under his own initiative. Through eliminating this enemy unit it was possible for the 61. Infanterie-Division to bring up further reinforcements (especially artillery) over the Soela Sound from Soela to Soru and land them without losses. He also contributed indirectly to the capture of the other enemy batteries in the area. Pestke thus had a decisive share in the swift and relatively bloodless capture of the island of Dagö.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

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