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Fiedler, Johann

* 28.04.1922 Stangendorf/Sudentenland
+ 23.09.1999

Awarded Knights Cross: 16.06.1944
as: Unterscharführer Zugführer 5./SS-PzGrenRgt 6 "Theodor Eicke"
Fiedler’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“On the 26.04.1944 the SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 ‘Theodor Eicke’ attacked towards Pascani with the intent of improving its own lines. After overwhelming the first hostile trenches an enemy flanking position containing numerous bunkers that had not previously been identified made itself very uncomfortably felt. Under fire from the flanking bunkers and field positions, the friendly attack initially bogged down.

In this situation SS-Unterscharführer Fiedler led his squad into an attack against the enemy trench on his own initiative and rolled it up in bitter close combat. He eliminated the bunkers that formed part of the enemy’s defensive network with great prudence and exemplary bravado.

Through this independently conducted action Fiedler took out the enemy flanking threat, and in doing so he enabled the attack of the two forwardly deployed Bataillone to proceed. He personally captured the following:

35 prisoners
1 anti-tank gun
2 heavy machine-guns
5 light machine-guns
39 machine-pistols.

Over 40 enemy dead lay amongst the trenches and bunkers he had cleared. Through this achievement Unterscharführer Fiedler has achieved a decisive success far out of proportion to his battlefield importance.

I ask that SS-Unterscharführer Fiedler (who has already been wounded in the East a total of 9 times) be awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for his heroic deed and its associated success.”

Fiedler volunteered to join the SS and was posted to the 3.SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf".
He participated in the fighting for the Demyansk Pocket in February to April 1942 and in June was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class being awarded the Iron Cross 1st class in October 1943.
In 1944, he was made a platoon commander in the 5. Kompanie, 6.SS Panzergrenadier-Regiment 'Theodor Eicke', he was also awarded the Wound Badge in Gold, which was awarded after being wounded five or more times.
Johann Fiedler now an Unterscharführer was awarded the Knight's Cross on 16 June 1944, for actions during the Battle of the Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket.
He was then posted to the Totenkopf Division replacement battalion, near the end of the war.

Signed 3 ½” x 5” postwar photo

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