Friday, June 4, 2021

Enemy Elite Friday: Hans Kreysing (Germany)

"Oberst Kreysing, the commander of an Infanterie-Regiment, distinguished himself through the bold and successful leadership of his Regiment.  He clearly recognized an impending flank threat at a relatively early stage and was able to prevent the forward advance of an enemy division through his swiftly and ruthlessly executed countermeasures."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross citation, awarded on 29 May 1940.
"The Generalleutnant led at the head of his Gebirgsjäger as they offered up unbreakable resistance against a vastly larger enemy force along the middle Don.  By doing so they were able to tie down two, and eventually three, Bolshevik corps.  This provided significant relief for the entire Armee sector and bought valuable time for the construction of a new defensive line.  During this time, and although he himself was encircled by the enemy, he broke though the encirclement ring and relieved another strong point that was under attack from all sides."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves citation, awarded on 20 January 1943.
"Awarded for his determined defense of the Zaporozhye and Nikopol bridgeheads in late 1943/early 1944."  from his Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords citation, awarded on 13 April 1944.
Another capable enemy elite,
Brian & Mel

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