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Grünert, Anton

Date of birth:
October 11th, 1917 (Neusattl/Bohemia, Austria-Hungary k.u.k. Monarchy)
Date of death:
August 8th, 1944 (Zabiec, Poland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201
Awarded on:
August 24th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer 3./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 3./Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 201
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1943
Awarded for his achievements while serving with Gruppe Siebert (based around the 57. Infanterie-Division) during its battles along the southern wing of the 2. Armee in early 1943. In this time he played a major role in spearheading a breakout by several thousand German soldiers using his 4 still operational Sturmgeschütze. By the time contact was finally made with the outside many hard engagements had been fought. Grünert was wounded during this combat, and 3 of his Sturmgeschütze did not make it through. Even so, he had contributed decisively to the fighting in the area and would be recognized for his actions with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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