Hofmann, Bernhard (WH-Infanterie)

Date of birth:
November 13th, 1896 (Jahnsbach, Germany)
Date of death:
November 19th, 1982 (Crailsheim/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 427 / 129.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 21st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Infanterie-Regiment 427
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1942
Action:
During mid-August of 1942 the Infanterie-Regiment 427 (of the 129. Infanterie-Division) was involved in the bitter fighting in the Rzhev salient. During this time an important village in the divisional sector was lost to the enemy, creating a perilous situation for the whole Division. Major Hofmann and his I./Infanterie-Regiment 427 were at the time fighting a tough defensive battle, in which they managed to defeat an attack by 3 enemy battalions following bitter combat.

Despite having an open flank to worry about, Hofmann realized the importance of this village for the continued fighting in the area. He thus made the bold decision to lead one of his Kompanien in an immediate counterthrust in order to recapture the village and thereby close the gap in the German defensive front. Hofmann and his men were able to successfully storm the village and throw the occupying enemy force out of it following a fierce engagement.

For mastering a critical situation that threatened the entire Division Hofmann would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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