Kahsnitz, Erich

Date of birth:
February 17th, 1898 (Insterburg, Germany)
Date of death:
July 29th, 1943 (Breslau, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Füsilier-Regiment "GD"
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Füsilier-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
September 17th, 1941
Action:
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for his outstanding leadership during the first day of the battle of Kursk. During the breach of the heavily fortified Soviet field positions, which saw Kahsnitz’s Panzer-Füsilier regiment lose their both armoured support and the commander of the III. Bataillon to minefields, the Regiment broke off their attack due to the heavy losses.

However following his own assessment of the situation, Kahsnitz led his men forward in a renewed attack. Despite the tough enemy defenses the Germans managed to break into and seize the Soviet defenses, and thereafter hold the high ground they had taken from bitter Soviet counterattacks. Near the end of the day Kahsnitz was badly wounded, and would later succumb to these injuries the same month.

Even so his accomplishments on this single day of fighting were clearly deemed to be very praiseworthy by his superiors, this fact being evidenced by his receiving the Knight’s Cross just 10 days after the battle.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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