Friday, September 10, 2010

Enemy Elite Friday: Alfons König (Germany)

"Hauptmann König… was awarded the Knight’s Cross already on the 21.12.1940 for his defense against strong enemy armored attacks that were aimed at the Abbeville bridgehead position at the beginning of June 1940."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 21 December 1940.
"After our forces had completed the evacuation of Voronezh the enemy repeatedly tried to use their numerically superior forces to interdict and disrupt the orderly withdrawal movements of the Kampfgruppe that Hauptmann König’s Grenadier-Bataillon.  Hauptmann König broke through the Soviet encirclement attempts with his Kampfgruppe a total of 3 times over the course of 9 days. Throughout this time the men of the Kampfgruppe were inspired by the exemplary personal bravery of the commander, who fought with a weapon in hand and stormed at the head of his Grenadiers.  Because of this the Kampfgruppe was able to establish contact with the main body of friendly forces after three weeks of ferocious breakthrough and defensive combat."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 21 February 1943.
"Awarded for his outstanding performance as a regimental commander during the fighting on the southern sector of the Eastern front from summer 1943 to winter 1944.  During the retreat over a river König, seeing that the German security line had been breached, created a new front line with his weak forces.  He held this line against every Soviet attack until all elements of his Division had crossed over to the other side, thereafter pulling back himself.  It is possible this action refers to the German crossing over the Gniloi Tikitsch river on the 17.02.1944 during the breakout from the Cherkassy pocket?"  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 9 June 1944.
A capable enemy elite,

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