Wirth, Georg

Date of birth:
August 13th, 1915 (Bayreuth, Germany)
Date of death:
July 1st, 1992 (Bayreuth, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
14./Grenadier-Regiment 21
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1943
Action:
As an AT gun platoon commander during the battle of Kursk he commanded 3 AT guns during a Soviet tank attack. As the battle developed two of these guns were overrun and the third lost its gunner from a headshot. Wirth then took over the gun and was able to repulse the attack by knocking out 16 Soviet tanks. For this accomplishment he was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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