Weddig, Ernst

Date of birth:
February 24th, 1911
Date of death:
March 8th, 1943
Mentioned on:
German War Cemetery Kursk - Besedino
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Oberleutnant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant
Unit:
Führer 4./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 101
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for actions on 07.03.1943, in the defensive fighting around Orel. On this day the Soviets attacked the German line at 0230 at the Ssaburovo orchard. They captured the position and shattered the German defending force. The German regimental commander then ordered the 3./Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 98 to recapture the orchard.
As this unfolded Leutnant Weddig, of 4./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 101, collected the remnants of 2. Kompanie and attached himself to the counterattacking Panzer Pionier Kompanie. He and his men then proceeded to retake the Ssaburovo church, orchard and cemetery. In the process he and his men took 80 prisoners. However he was killed the next day and was thus awarded the Knight's Cross posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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