Jakob, Friedrich

Date of birth:
March 18th, 1910 (Ehringshausen/Rhineprovince, Germany)
Date of death:
September 9th, 1994 (Mainz/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1941
Details:
Award 22/24.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105/ / 72.Infanterie-Division / XXX.Armee-Korps / 11.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1942
Action:
On the 15.01.1942, in the context of the German attack on Feodosia, Hauptmann Jakob and his Bataillon took an important height in front of the city. In the process they also captured 2 Soviet batteries in open firing positions. The next day all enemy counterattacks were repulsed, with Soviet losses including 4 tanks.

On the 17.01.1942, a commanding ridge on the northwestern edge of Feodosia was stormed by Jakob and his men. Following this success, Jakob decided to continue the assault in order to prevent the Soviets from consolidating their defense in the field positions and anti-tank ditches on the northwestern edge of the city. He thus carried on beyond his original day’s objective, and seized these positions during the evening in a battle that was partially fought in close combat. The northwest part of the city along both sides of the main road was also occupied.

Through this success the Regiment was able to take control over the whole city the next day. For his achievements during these three days of combat Jakob would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
908th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Führer Volks-Grenadier-Regiment 1149 / 563.Volks-Grenadier-Division / X.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the Second Battle of Courland near Vainode. Here Major Jakob and his Regiment significantly contributed to halting the attempted Soviet breakthrough towards Libau.
Details:
681st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Norbert Beyerlein
  • Photo: Beyerlein sammlung
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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