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Apelt, Fedor

Date of birth:
October 14th, 1904 (Rohnau-Zittau/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
April 15th, 1988 (Bückeburg/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1941
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1941
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
III. / Infanterie-Regiment 32
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1942
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 102 / 24.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1944
The following press article from the Dresdener Morgenzeitung (dated 03.03.1944) describes why Apelt was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“As was reported by the Führer headquarters yesterday, the Führer has awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Oberst Fedor Apelt, commander of a Grenadier-Regiment. As was further reported by the Führer headquarters, Oberst Apelt managed to build up a defensive front west of Novgorod under heavy enemy defensive fire. By doing so he was able to hold off the Soviet forces that were attacking to the south and thereby enable the withdrawal of German forces from Novgorod.”

More specifically, this newspaper article refers to Apelt’s successful holding of the defensive perimeter Ostrow—Nawolok—Ssyrkowo in the time period 17.-18.01.1944.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1944
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1945
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold

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