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Simons, Gerhard

Date of birth:
February 5th, 1921 (Königsberg, Germany)
Date of death:
November 30th, 2015
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer, Nachrichtenzug, Artillerie-Regiment 240, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
February 29th, 1944
Awarded for defeating a Soviet breakthrough attempt as part of Kampfgruppe Griesbach. On 26.01.1945 a group of Soviet infantry managed to occupy the road near Pishma but were driven off by Oberleutnant Simons, who commanded a force of only 13 men and a captured cannon. Despite their tiny size they managed to clear the road of the enemy.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, Stabsbatterie, Artillerie-Regiment 240, 170. INfanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarding for foiling an enemy breakthrough attempt near Krewo.
547th Award.

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