Voigt, Gerhard

Date of birth:
September 19th, 1910 (Kulmsee/Kulm (West Prussia), Germany)
Date of death:
June 9th, 1969 (Runding/Cham, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 2./Pionier-Bataillon 18
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his capture of Fort Bergues, the lynchpin of the Dunkirk defenses, during the battle of France. Despite the danger of friendly fire from attacking Stukas, he pushed close to the fortress wall and was able to thus secure a decisive advantage over the defenders before they took up battle positions. This lightning fast action thus forced them to preemptively surrender.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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