Awarded Knights Cross: September 5th, 1944
As: Geschützführer, 2. Kompanie, Fallschirm-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 1, 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division
*March 1st, 1925 (Waldmühlen/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
+January 6th, 2014 (Rennerod-Emmerichenhain/Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Awarded for his achievements as the gunner of a “Pantherturm” along the Via Casilina road (specifically near Piedimonte). He destroyed 7 allied tanks on the 21.05.1944, 6 more on the 22.05.1944 and finally an additional 7 on the 24.05.1944. After this the crew of the Pantherturm (christened “Schlafmütze” or sleepyhead) blew up their gun and retreated north with the rest of the German defenders. Fries was recognized appropriately for his total of 20 tank kills during this short time period in a critical area of the battle.
Postwar signed photo measuring 4” x 6”
His unit was part of the 10. Armee in Italy at the time of his award
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