Höke, Stefan-Heinrich

Date of birth:
October 24th, 1905 (Essen, Germany)
Date of death:
June 28th, 1944 (Bobruisk, USSR)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 18, 6. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 18, 6. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1943
Action:
During the fighting south of Orel in July 1943, an attack of the II./Grenadier-Regiment 18 threatened to stall due to heavy Soviet flanking fire. However its commander, Major Höke, was able to get the attack back in motion while personally standing on a Sturmgeschütz. Leading his men from the front, Höke and his regiment were able to storm a heavily fortified enemy village in bitter house-to-house combat. For this successful action against the odds Höke would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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