Monday, April 18, 2016

Oberleutnant Ernst Neufeld

Oberleutnant Ernst Neufeld (29 March 1915 in Birkenfeld/East Prussia- 5 October 2010 in Bad Gandersheim/Lower Saxony) received Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross) for his bravery in the Battle of Stalingrad in 3 January 1943 as an Oberfeldwebel and Zugführer in 2.Kompanie / Kradschützen-Bataillon 40 / 24.Panzer-Division. His division was encircled in Stalingrad and destroyed. It was reformed in March 1943 and served in Normandy, Italy and then went back to the Eastern Front where it suffered heavy casualties around Kiev and the Dniepr Bend. Apart from his Ritterkreuz, Neufeld also decorated with Eisernes Kreuz II.Klasse und I.Klasse; Allgemeines-Sturmabzeichen; and Deutsches Kreuz in Gold (18 October 1941 as Oberwachtmeister in 3.Kompanie / Radfahr-Abteilung 1 / 1.Kavallerie-Division).

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