Awarded Knights Cross: 23. Oktober 1944
As: SS-Obersturmführer Kommandeur 1. / SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 4 / 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division / Heeresgruppe Süd
Postwar signed photo measuring 4” x 6”
Scherg’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“Comlosul-Mare was a forwardly-positioned cornerstone in the defensive front of the Division, which was assailed by the enemy on all sides. The holding of Comlosul-Mare was essential for the smooth withdrawal of 2 reinforced Kampfgruppen.
In spite of being temporarily encircled, Comlosul-Mare was held long enough for the bulk of the Kampfgruppen to successfully disengage from the enemy. This achievement was made possible solely on account of SS-Obersturmführer Scherg. By his actions here he enabled the Division to put up effective resistance against the enemy from a new defensive line.”
Johannes Scherg was born in Wurzburg on the 16 May 1918. After finishing school and his labour service, he volunteered to join the Elite in 1938 serving with the VT in Munich with the Regiment Germaina.
At the beginning of World War II he served as a radio operator with the Germania Regiment for the Polish Campaign and the Battle of France.
In 1941 he was selected to become an officer and posted to the Junkerschule at Bad Tolz graduating in September 1941. Promoted to Untersturmfuhrer, he became a platoon commander in the 1st Company, 2nd Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion, Das Reich Division serving on the Eastern Front.
In November 1942, he was given command of the 2nd Company, 2nd Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion and awarded the German Cross in Gold and promoted to Obersturmfuhrer .
In July 1944, he was posted to the 4th Polizei Division as the commander of the 1st Company, 4th Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion which was serving in Greece at the time.
He was awarded the Knight's Cross in October 1944 for his command of the 1st Company, 4th Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion, during the fighting in Greece and Romania.
Scherg was wounded for the seventh time in January 1945 for which he received the Wound Badge in Gold.
Scherg and the 4th were briefly rested at Stettin, then moved to the front at Mecklenburg north of Berlin and retreated to the river Elbe at Wittenberge.
Scherg was promoted to Hauptsturmfuhrer in May 1945, and captured by the British Army at Lauenburg. He was handed over to the Americans who in turn handed him over to the French in 1947. He was held captive by the French in the Military Prison at Bordeaux until he was released in June 1951.
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