Friday, August 23, 2019

Enemy Elite Friday: Ferdinand Schörner (Germany)

"Before dawn on the 06.04.1941 Generalmajor Schörner (commander of the 6. Gebirgs-Division) and his troops succeeding in overrunning the enemy outposts on the snow covered Belaaica mountain through a surprise thrust.  There two enemy bunker lines of the Metaxas Line were penetrated, and before long the whole division was in position in the valley before the enemy line at the Krusa mountain.  Later on the 08.04.1941, and on his own initiative, Schörner launched a surprise attack against the Allied forces on the northern part of the Krusa mountain.  He and his men successfully ejected the defenders from this area and advanced towards Salonika.  In conjunction with the advancing 2. Panzer-Division, these actions contributed significantly to the fall of Greece/Macedonia."   from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 20 April 1941.
"Schörner has been in command of the Nikopol bridgehead since the 25.11.1943.  The Wehrmachtbericht of 18.02.1944 goes into further detail as to the achievements of Schörner and his men in this area in their battles against a relentless enemy.  Great difficulties were encountered during the evacuation of the bridgehead (which began on 04.02.1944) due to the extremely bad roads and terrain.  Through the leadership and skillful handling of the commanding general (who could always be found at the hot spots of the front), as well as the bravery and dedication of his men, it was possible to carry out the planned withdrawal movements successfully."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 17 February 1944.
"Generaloberst Ferdinand Schörner is the commander-in-chief of our troops fighting in the Courland region, against whom the surge of enemy forces from the east has failed to overcome for many weeks. Despite already having been cut off once completely, our troops in Courland have defied all the odds as the cornerstone of the Eastern front.  They embodied the spirit of their commander-in-chief, and his skillful leadership has guided them to a victorious outcome over the course of incessant battle against the hordes of enemies."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 28 August 1944.
"Awarded for his leadership during the battles of Army Group North in late 1944.  On 14.09.1944 the Soviets launched a major assault on the German forces still fighting in Estonia and NE Latvia.  Under Schörner’s leadership these soldiers were able to withdraw from these territories without significant loss.  Schörner also commanded Army Group North during the first three battles of Courland, throughout which the Soviets were only able to make minor gains against the German positions (and then only after heavy losses).  Schörner’s iron resolve and frontline presence no doubt played a role in ensuring the Soviet defeat here, and for overseeing one of the last German triumphs of the war he would receive the Diamonds to his Knight’s Cross."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds citation, awarded on 1 January 1945.
Another deadly enemy elite,

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