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Erwin Kressmann (deceased)
|Oberleutnant, schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 519. Awarded the Knights Cross in 1944. Erwinn Kressmann died on 19th March 2017.|
Gerhard Fischer (deceased)
|German Army Panzer Tank Ace - Knights Cross. Awarded the Knights Cross.|
Heinrich Kohler (deceased)
|Heinrich Köhler joined the Schwere Artillerie-Ersatz-Abteilung 49 on the 3rd of October 1941. Heinrich Köhler was transferred to the 19.Panzer-Division in the Artillery Regiment in November 1942. Heinrich Köhler was involved in the action around Toropez-Bjeloy, where a large number of Russian troops and vehicles were captured by the Germans. Kohler was also involved in the relieve of the Italian Forces at Tschertkowo, near Stalingrad on the 19th December 1942. Kohler joined Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 322. and took part in the actions at Zloszow-Brody and Kowelin March 1944. It was here that Kohler detsroyed his first Russian armour, although soon after the large Russian forces decimated the German forces including Kohlers regiment. Kohler joined the newly amlgamated Brigade made up from the remains of the 201, 210 and 322 Abteilungs this new Brigade became the Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 210, he fought at the Stettin bridgehead and in March 1945 destroyed six Russian tanks during a Russian attack. This brought Kohlers total of Russian tanks destroyed to 21 and he was awarded the Knights Cross on 20th April 1945. Heinrich Köhler was taken prisoner by the British and held in Schleswig-Holstein. Heinrich Kohler passed away on 25th June 2009.|
Leutnant Herbert Fries (deceased)
|Knights Cross winning paratrooper. Born 1st March 1925, he was part of 2./Fallschirm-Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 1, and was awarded the Knights Cross on 5th September 1944. In June 1943 Herbert Fries volunteered for the Paratroopers. He trained at Pakausbildung andhad further training at Angouleme and Avignon (France) In the middle of December 1943 to Janaury 1944 he served with the 2nd company of the parachute tank hunter unit 1 of, the 1st paratroop division, part of the LXXVI army corps of the 10th army and part of army group C at the main combat line in Francavilla with Pescara (Italy, Adriaküste) At the end of January 1944 Fries went with the 2nd company to Cassinoth Cassino. There Herbert Fries manned an entrenched "Panther" Dome, equipped with a 7,5-cm-KwK 42/L70 and machine gun. While commanding an emplaced Panther tank turret east of Piedimonte, the young Gefreiter Herbert Fries, and his crew Meier the gun loader, Schirra the radio operator and Emmrich from 2./FschPzJägAbt 1, slowed down the Allies who were trying to outflank what was left of 1FJD. In two days he and his crew knocked out 17 enemy tanks. For this defence Herbert Fries received both iron crosses.|
Walther Girg (deceased)
|Walter Girg was born in 1919. He joined the SS at the beginning of the second world war serving with Das Reich division in the Balkans and the invasion of Russia - operations Marita and Barbarossa respectively. By 1944 he was a platoon leader in 1 company, 502nd SS Jager Battalion Mitte. In the Carapathian mountains in September 1944, he led his men behind Russian but was discovered and wounded, but facing capture was rescued by a German artillery barrage which allowed him and his men to escape back to German lines. He received the Knights Cross in 1944 for this deed, which provided a great deal of intelligence. In March 1945, Girg was at Kolberg, encircled by Russians, before being evacuated by sea. He was subsequently awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knights Cross on 1st April 1945. We have learned that Walther Girg passed away on 25th July 2010.|
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