Pick, Gerhard Otto

Date of birth:
November 17th, 1910 (Graudenz//West Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
May 11th, 1987 (Dortmund/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 29th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 490, 269. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 2nd, 1941
Action:
On 14.08.1941, during the attack on the heavily fortified town of Korpose, Hauptmann Pick personally led his assault teams in the attack on one of the cornerstones of the Luga position. He and his men eventually managed to seize the place, and in doing so contributed significantly to the penetration of the fortifications in front of Petersburg by the 269. Infanterie-Division. He also laid the groundwork for the successful attack into the rear of the strongly defended enemy position at Shiltay by the III./Infanterie-Regiment 490, which in turn opened up the main road to Petersburg. For his actions here Pick would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 577, 305. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
During the fighting west of Cassino, starting on 18.05.1944, Major Pick found himself attached to the 26. Panzer-Division with several elements of his Division. On 21.05.1944 the 3rd Algerian Infantry Division began its attack on Pico. In the confused fighting which followed, Pick would command a total of 7 separate battalions or Kampfgruppen at different points in the battle.

The big crisis came on the 24.05.1944, when the French broke through. Major Pick, with a group of about 30-40 men, stormed out a cellar into the midst of the surprised enemy forces and managed to seal off the break-in. Meanwhile the II./Grenadier-Regiment 577 (with the 5. Kompanie attached) managed to clear up a break-in at Colle Grande. Finally, the II./Grenadier-Regiment 578 fought fiercely and successfully held into its strongpoint at Colle Tronco.

Pick and his men had thus managed to prevent a breakthrough by the 3rd Algerian and 2nd Moroccan Divisions. For this Pick would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
553rd award
Details:
2728th Award.

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