Niedermeier, Heinrich

Date of birth:
December 4th, 1922 (Munich, Germany)
Date of death:
November 7th, 1943 (Cherson, USSR)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer 5./Gebirgs-Jäger-Bataillon 94
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1943
Action:
The following divisional order of the day, dated 19.12.1943, describes how Niedermeier would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross…

“The Führer and Supreme Commander of the Wehrmacht awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Leutnant der Reserve Niedermeier, Pionier platoon leader in the 5./Gebirgs-Jäger-Bataillon 94, on 11.12.1943.

On 31.10.1943, during the breakthrough to the Dnieper on the Nogaischen Steppe, Leutnant Niedermeier launched a swift thrust with his platoon (which was loaded on vehicles) towards the edge of the village of Stassja under the cover of darkness. By this move he took the enemy in their well-built positions by surprise, and with his brave Pionier platoon Niedermeier fought through the first houses while inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. Through this action, launched on his own initiative, he pushed the enemy garrison (consisting of a company plus a cavalry platoon) out of the village towards the southwest. In the process numerous small arms and MGs were captured, as well as 6 heavy Pak. Through this bold move he succeeding in accomplishing a task that was of decisive importance for the further prosecution of a breakthrough by the whole Division.

Leutnant Niedermeier would however not live long enough to receive acknowledgement of his brave actions. He suffered severe injuries during the fighting in the Cherson bridgehead on 06.11.1943, succumbing to these the next day.

With proud tears we commemorate this fallen hero.

Leutnant Niedermeier is the 15th Knight’s Cross Holder of the 4. Gebirgs-Division.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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