Friday, July 11, 2014

Enemy Elite Friday: Alois Assmann (Germany)

"At the end of August 1942 the Pak 38 of Obergefreiter Assmann was among the German units involved in defensive combat around VoronezhLivny.  In this time the Soviets launched a particularly fierce armored attack in Assmann’s sector, and one by one the other Pak guns in the area were knocked out.  The German soldiers near Assmann himself were eventually all either killed, wounded or forced to take cover due to the ferocious Soviet bombardments.   Obergefreiter Assmann thus found himself alone at his Pak gun.  Nevertheless he held his ground and managed to destroy the attacking Soviet armor in quick succession.  He destroyed a total of 9 Soviet tanks on this day, and for this he was swiftly awarded the Iron Cross First Class.  The Knight’s Cross would follow shortly afterwards."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on September 18th, 1942 as Obergefreiter of Panzerjäger-Abteilung 61 in the 11th Panzer Division.

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