Welskop, Heinrich

Date of birth:
August 8th, 1916 (Duisburg, Germany)
Date of death:
May 7th, 1981 (Duisburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Zugführer 11./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3
Action:
Received the Knight's Cross for actions at Crete. His company was deployed into the mountains south of Perivolia and immediately was forced to break through allied positions to link up with the I. Battalion of the Fallschirmjâger-Regiment 3. However Welskop's platoon fought an action of its own for two days of the battle. After the jump Welskop had taken his men and capture an important height at Chania which was lodged deep in the allied defense scheme. He was able to hold this position against allied counterattacks, which had to be repelled in bitter close combat.

When Heidrich was forced to evacuate the heights later on Welskop and his platoon didn't receive the order to retreat, but were able to hang onto their captured territory nonetheless. In doing so they were able to deceive the allies as to true German strength in the area and thus contributed to the eventual German victory. For this worthy achievement Welskop received the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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