Wiegand, Kurt

Date of birth:
August 5th, 1912 (Riesa (Saxony), Germany)
Date of death:
July 1st, 1975 (Riesa (Saxony), Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Richtschütze 1./Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 32
Awarded on:
January 5th, 1944
Action:
On 21.12.1943 the Soviets launched a tank/infantry attack against the positions of the 32. Infanterie-Division following a 45 minute artillery barrage. However the attack was crushed, with enemy losses of 11 tanks destroyed. Of these Obergefreiter Wiegand personally destroyed 7 with his 7.5 cm AT gun, and thus played a major role in stopping the attempted Soviet breakthrough. He was awarded the Knight's Cross for this action.
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