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Deutsch, Heinz

Date of birth:
July 21st, 1920 (Mutterstadt/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Date of death:
October 15th, 1995 (Kelkheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1944
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 12, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1944
Awarded for a wound received on June 30th, 1944.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 12, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1944
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe ohne zahlen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 12, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1945
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer, 3. Kompanie, Fallschirm-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 12, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1945
Awarded for his successes during early 1945. By this time Deutsch and his crew had destroyed 46 enemy AFVs over the course of numerous combat engagements, the most important of which are described in the following chronology…

25.02.1945: Repelled an Allied tank-supported attack against the Kastenwald (northwest of Weeze). 2 enemy tanks destroyed.

01.03.1945: Three hours after a close-combat battle against advancing Allied force just after midnight, Deutsch launched a counterthrust with Lorenz’s Bataillon that retook the old frontline while also capturing 21 prisoners. On the same day at about 15:00 an enemy penetration near Kampbeekshof and Truebshof (southwest of Weeze) was also prevented. 3 enemy tanks destroyed, including 1 that had been immobilized by an artillery shot.

02.03.1945: Repelled an enemy armoured attack against Kevelaer, forcing the British infantry to flee on trucks back to Weeze. 3 enemy tanks destroyed.

03.03.1945: Repelled a breakthrough with armoured cars towards Kapellen. 1 tank and 1 armoured car destroyed.

04.03.1945: Destroyed 1 Cromwell and 1 Sherman on the Kapellen-Sonsbeck road, and eliminated the escorting infantry.

05.03.1945: Held back a deep enemy penetration northeast of Issum and enabled the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 22 to disengage without heavy losses. 2 enemy tanks destroyed.

06.03.1945: Destroyed 2 lead enemy tanks on the Issum-Alpen road and enabled a new frontline to be built on the following evening at the eastern edge of Alpen.

09.03.1945: Destroyed 1 Churchill tank at an 800 metre range and prevented a breakthrough. By now Leutnant Deutsch and his crew had destroyed 17 AFVs including an armoured car.

25.03.1945: Destroyed 2 Sherman tanks during the fighting for Nienkampfshof.

30.03.1945: Destroyed 5 Sherman tanks and 2 self-propelled guns 400 metres west of Külve, and in doing so prevented an enemy breakthrough as well as the rolling up of the hard-pressed 7. Fallschirmjäger-Division.

24.04.1945: Destroyed his 44th tank near Edewecht.
Heinz Deutsch was cited to receive the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold on March 5th, 1945, but received the Ritterkreuz zum Eisernen Kreuzes.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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