Friday, December 27, 2013

Enemy Elite Friday: Karl Allmendinger (Germany)


"On the 22.06.1941 Generalmajor Allmendinger personally led his division through a difficult attack near Lazdijai.  He managed to re-energize the attack and ultimately bring about the capture of both Lazdijai and the commanding hill nearby.  He subsequently led the division’s forward units as it strove to capitalize on this success, and under his personal leadership it managed to establish an important bridgehead over the Niemen river at Seirijai.  The creation of this bridgehead was of great operational importance for the 9th Army."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on July 17th 1941 as Generalmajor of the 5th Infantry Division.

"Awarded for the successes of his division during the German offensive Operation “Michael” (27.09.-09.10.1942).  The goal of this operation was to broaden the German corridor to Demyansk.  In the resultant combat Allmendinger displayed outstanding leadership, and his division was heavily involved in the encirclement and destruction of strong Soviet forces southeast of Lake Ilmen (this success was reported in the Wehrmachtbericht of the 09.10.1942)."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on December 13th, 1942 as Generalleutnant of the 5th Jäger Division.
He also received the Order of the Cross of Liberty V1 citation on March 29th, 1943 and the Order of Micheal the Brave 3rd Class on July 12th, 1944.
Another capable enemy elite,

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