Monday, April 18, 2016

Oberfeldwebel der Reserve Georg Bonk

Oberfeldwebel der Reserve Georg Bonk (12 March 1917 – 10 October 1982) was a highly decorated NCO and platoon leader of the German Wehrmacht in World War II. He was first admitted to Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon Teschen in late 1940. After his basic training, he was posted to Infanterie-Regiment 365 stationed in France. Bonk received the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes #1988 (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) in 17 August 1943 as an Obergefreiter der Reserve and MG-Schütze (gunner) in 6.Kompanie / II.Bataillon / Grenadier-Regiment 365 / 211.Infanterie-Division for his amazing feat in defending a strategic position (with other seven comrades) against Russian onslaught for four days, north-west of Orel, though he had been cut off from the rest of his regiment. In 1944 he was promoted as a Zugführer (Platoon leader), and in this position he had succeeded to prevent a Russian counter-attack on the flank of his besieged unit in Kovel. For this achievement he received the Eichenlaub #492 zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Oak-Leaves to his Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) in 9 June 1944. In the last battle He had suffered such a heavy head injury that he, now promoted to Oberfeldwebel der Reserve, did not return to the front until the end of the war.

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