Petersen, Fritz

Date of birth:
November 29th, 1909 (Münster, Germany)
Date of death:
September 1st, 1946 (St Mauritz, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wachtmeister
Unit:
6./Flak-Regiment 4 (mot.)
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1942
Action:
The following excerpt describes how Petersen would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“During the heavy defense battles around Rzhev, Wachtmeister Fritz Petersen destroyed 7 enemy tanks on 05.08.1942, 5 on 10.08.1942 and a further 4 on 12.08.1942. Up until the end of August 1942 he knocked out a total of 31 enemy tanks on the Eastern front.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wachtmeister
Unit:
6./Flak-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
March 26th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Here follows an abbreviated Oakleaves recommendation for Oberwachtmeister Petersen…

“During the heavy defense battles in the middle section of the Eastern front Wachtmeister Petersen destroyed 8 enemy tanks in a single day, after he had already destroyed 4 on the previous one. This success of was of major help in ensuring that the encirclement of some small German formations was prevented. Wachtmeister Petersen has so far destroyed 42 enemy tanks and participated in the destruction of 41 enemy aircraft.”
Details:
438th award

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