Saturday, August 8, 2015

Whistle-Blower Wehrmacht Officer

Ritterkreuzträger (Knight's Cross recipient) Oberleutnant Viktor Lindenmann (23 November 1916 - 9 September 1942) directing his bicycle troops using a whistle, somewhere on the Eastern Front, 1941-1942. Two M24 Stielhandgranaten tucked in his leather belt with private/NCO koppelschloss (belt buckle), even though he is an officer. Note also the captured Ushanka (Russian fur cap). Lindenmann received the coveted Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) in 21 September 1941 as a Leutnant and Adjutant of III.Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 124 / 72.Infanterie-Division, for his bravery in the battle for Neusatz Bridgehead (Tilligul Liman/Ukraine) against the Soviet forces. A year later he was killed by shell-splinters in September 1942 in the heavy defense fighting on the south of the Eastern Front near Dubakino as Chef of 4.Kompanie / Radfahr-Abteilung 72 / 72.Infanterie-Division

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