Friday, May 23, 2014

Enemy Elite Friday: Karl Arning (Germany)

"Karl Arning was a regimental commander on the Eastern Front in mid-1943.   In the August of that year his 21st Infantry Division was thrown into the battle for the Siniavino Heights.  Arning’s regiment came to prominence when the Soviet 30th Guards Rifle Corps attacked his division on the 15.09.1943.  They succeeded in capturing the vital hill 50.1 but were ejected from this position through a counterattack by Arning and his regiment. Arning thus played a decisive role in stopping the Soviet attack, and he would receive the Knight’s Cross for his feat on this day."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on October 11th, 1943 as Oberst with Grenadier Regiment 24 of the 21st Infantry Division.
Another capable enemy elite,

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