Friday, March 5, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Hermann-Heinrich Behrend (Germany)

"For his actions on June 22, 1941.  On this day he decided to strike before the planned attack in order to take advantage of the morning fog and dust that had been created by the artillery’s preparatory fire.  This enabled him to thrust deeply into the fortified lines to the southeast and east of Tauroggen.  By doing this Major Behrend in turn enabled Kampfgruppe Badinski (which was fighting under the control of the 1 Panzer Division) to break through to the eastern edge of Tauroggen and occupy the eastern part of Tauroggen itself." from his Knight Cross of the Iron Cross citation, awarded on July 15 1941.

"Awarded for his actions west of Luga at the start of February 1944.  In this time Grenadier Regiment 154 became separated from the rest of the 58 Infanterie Division during the defensive combat in the area.  The Regiment was attacked by an entire Soviet division, and at the same time partisan forces cut off all of its rearward connections.  Major Behrend would act with iron resolve while being encircled behind enemy lines with his Regiment for 3 days.  Leading at the head of the attached Aufklärungs-Abteilung 158, he captured three-quarters of the village of Potschap before being attacked by strong Soviet reinforcements.  Mahor Behrend then led the spearhead of his unit around the attackers, reached the Pljussa river under the cover of darkness, crossed it and then eventually reached the German lines on the February 13, 1944." - from his Knight Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on March 6 , 1944.
"Awarded for his actions during his Division’s defense of the Fladder canal.  In this time Behrend personally destroyed an allied tank with a Panzerfaust.  After the Division had been encircled by the Allies, Behrend proceeded to lead his troops in a breakout.  14 Sherman tanks were destroyed in the process, mostly with Panzerfausts." - from his Knight Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on April 26, 1945.

A true enemy elite,
Brian & Mel

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