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Toll, Otto

Date of birth:
September 5th, 1917 (Schönborn/Breslau, Germany)
Date of death:
June 10th, 1944 (Near Caen, France)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Zugführer Pionier-Bataillon 200
Awarded on:
June 10th, 1941
During the attack on Tobruk on 30.04.1941 Leutnant Toll, in the face of the heaviest enemy fire, cut the first lane through the barbed wire obstacles surrounding the fortress with his platoon. His platoon was thus also the first to break into the British defenses. In the bitter nocturnal close combat he and his handful of men were able to clear out several enemy bunkers before being seriously wounded. However his actions had been vital in allowing the Germans and Italians to break into the Tobruk defences in the first place, and he was recognized for this feat with the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes