Friday, February 5, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel (Germany)

"Awarded for capturing the undamaged bridge over the Moscow-Volga canal at Jachroma on the November 28, 1941." - from his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross citation, awarded on December 31, 1941.

"Awarded for the recapture of Zhitomir by the 7 Panzer Division in late 1943.  The Division’s counterattack began on the November 14, 1943, passing through Iwniza.  The next day the advance continued in a NW direction against the Kiev-Zhitomir road and reached the Teterew bend 4 km NE of the city, with the forward elements lacking flank protection.  On the November 16, 1943 Lewkoff (12 km east of Zhitomir) was also taken, and finally after a thrust to Wazkoff the Soviet forces in Zhitomir became encircled.  The coup de grace came during a night operation in which Manteuffel led a force of 6 Panzers and 100 Panzergrenadiers from the front in his SPW, and succeeded in retaking the city." - from his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on November 23, 1943.
"Awarded for further successes in the Zhitomir-Kiev area.  After repelling a Soviet thrust to Korosten, the 7 Panzer Division began its own thrust on the November 20, 1943 towards the crossing over the Teterew.  By November 22, near Nebyliza, the Division had under Manteuffel’s leadership advanced a distance of 65 kilometres.  After a short regrouping the village of Njanewka (12 km SW of Malin on the Irscha) was reached on the December 7.  Three days later the village of Malin was stormed.  In this attack Manteuffel personally led the attack spearhead of 6 Panzers and a Kompanie of the divisional Panzer Aufklärungs Abteilung against the Soviet defense that was spread out on three sides.  Despite the hostile resistance Manteuffel’s soldiers reached the centre of the village, threw strong Soviet infantry forces back and smashed the Soviet armoured group south of the village (destroying 25 tanks in the process)." - from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on February 22, 1944.
"Awarded for his Panzerarmee’s initial successes in the Ardennes Offensive and for constructing a stable front west of the Rhine after the Germans had been pushed out of the salient." - from his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds citation, awarded on February 18, 1945.
A true enemy elite,

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