Richter, Franz

Date of birth:
October 1st, 1922 (Petersfeld/Bohemia, Czechoslovakia)
Date of death:
1980 (Australia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 4th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 29th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
MG-Schütze 1. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 114
Awarded on:
May 14th, 1944
Action:
During the middle of March 1944, the 1. and 3. Kompanien of the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 114 launched a counterattack with the aim of recapturing the town of Davidkowy, which had been heavily fortified by the Soviets. However the German attack bogged down under the heavy enemy fire.

Taking advantage of a favourable opportunity in the otherwise critical situation, Gefreiter Richter was able to enter the Soviet positions at the edge of the village and eliminate 4 enemy MG nests and 1 AT gun position. He then stormed into the depths of the village, with the two Kompanien now being able to follow. After a fight that lasted for hours, the Germans were finally able to wrest control of the place following bitter close combat.

By his actions Gefreiter Richter had not only snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, but by ensuring the capture of Davidkowy had also enabled the front to be straightened out, an achievement of great tactical significance. As a result he would be awarded the Iron Cross First Class and later the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
MG-Schütze 1. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 114
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
11. / Führer-Begleit-Regiment "Grossdeutschland"
Awarded on:
November 14th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

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