Friday, May 9, 2014

Enemy Elite Friday: Karl Arndt (Germany)

"During the pocket battle east of Kiev, two enemy divisions tried to break through the idvision’s lines by utilizing a bridgehead in the area.  Additional strong enemy forces launched a surprise attack further north against Arndt’s advancing regiment.  Oberst Arndt immediately decided to order his regiment to launch a counterattack, and he went on to direct the attack from the roof of a house despite his close proximity to the enemy and the strong hostile artillery fire.  This house crumbled underneath him due to the effects of the artillery fire, however the enemy was ultimately defeated.  The bold and energetic attack of the regiment meant that the frontline gap between the friendly and neighboring division was closed by the evening of this day.  This success doomed all the enemy’s subsequent breakthrough attempts.  The counterattack mentioned in the text was launched into the Soviet flank."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on January 23rd, 1942 as Oberst with Infantry Regiment 511 of the 293th Infantry Division.
"Awarded for distinguishing himself around Cracow with his regiment during the combat in early 1945. Here he prevented a breakthrough by far superior Soviet forces towards the South and over the Vistula River.  By doing so he and his men enabled the construction of a solid defensive line."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on February 1st, 1945 as Generalleutnant as commander of 359th Infantry Division.  
Another capable enemy elite,

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