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Youngest Major, Oberstleutnant and Oberst of the Wehrmacht

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 04 Nov 2017 17:06

AlifRafikKhan wrote:I want to start a new thread about Third Reich records (youngest, oldest, the most, longest, etc.)... I hope it'll become a good reference for others...

The first one : Youngest Major in the German Army, Heinz-Georg Lemm (23 years old)...

Source : http://64.233.189.132/translate_c?hl=en ... Xs-Z8OKUiw
In fact, Heinz-Georg Lemm hold three records:
1. Youngest Major (1 April 1943) : 23 years 10 months old.
2. Youngest Oberstleutnant (1 November 1944) : 25 years 5 months old.
3. Youngest Oberst (15 March 1945) : 25 years 9 months old.

Source: Book "Knight's Cross, Oak-Leaves and Swords Recipients 1941–45" by Gordon Williamson
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The First Enlisted Man to be Awarded the Ritterkreuz

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 04 Nov 2017 17:10

Adolf Hitler (Führer und Oberster Befehlshaber der Wehrmacht) receives Obergefreiter Hubert Brinkforth from Schützen-Regiment 25 / 12.Panzer-Division in the Reichskanzlei, Berlin, 5 April 1941. Brinkforth is most notable for being the first enlisted man to be awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Crosses). Prior to the restoration of the Eisernes Kreuz in 1939, most awards of German major medals for bravery were made to officers and the nobility. This award was designed to be given without regard rank or position. He was awarded the medal for his actions as a Schütze in 14.Kompanie (Panzerjäger) / III.Bataillon / Infanterie-Regiment 25 (motorisiert) / 2.Infanterie-Division (motorisiert) on 27 May 1940 during the Battle of France, when he destroyed nine British tanks near Huppy using his PAK 36 anti-tank gun. This action earned him mention in the Wehrmachtbericht: "An der Südfront wurden einzelne mit Panzern geführte feindliche Angriffe an der unteren Somme abgewiesen. Dabei wurden dreißig feindliche Panzer vernichtet, allein neun hiervon durch den Schützen Brinkforth" (On the southern front, lone enemy attacks with tanks were repulsed on the lower Somme. Here thirty enemy tanks were destroyed, nine of them by Schütze Brinkforth). Promotion to Gefreiter and the immediate award of the Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse followed. General der Infanterie Erich von Manstein (Kommandierender General XXXVIII. Armeekorps) nominated him for the Ritterkreuz, which was awarded on 7 March 1941 (received on 1 April 1941 from Generalmajor Josef Harpe, Commander of 12. Panzer-Division) along with the Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse and a promotion to Obergefreiter. Brinkforth later was killed in action on 5 June 1942 during a Soviet artillery attack near Pogostje, Leningrad Oblast. He was also awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz, Panzerkampfabzeichen, Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42 (Ostmedaille), and was promoted to Unteroffizier shortly before his death.
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Another Longevity

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 10 Nov 2017 23:29

Ritterkreuzträger Johannes "Johann" Biehl (29 January 1917 - 12 March 2017) : 100 years 1 month old
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Youngest U-Boat Commander

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 21 May 2019 05:15

At 20 years and 3 months old, Leutnant zur See Ludwig-Ferdinand von Friedeburg (born 21 May 1924 in Wilhelmshaven-Rüstringen), the son of Generaladmiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, was the youngest U-Boat commander of World War II. A member of Crew V/1941, he commanded the submarine U 155 (Type IXC) of the 33rd Flotilla (Flensburg) from 15 August 1944-November 1944 on one war patrol lasting 43 days. On 1 May 1945, he took command of the submarine U 4710 (Type XXIII) in the 5th Training Flotilla (Kiel), but scuttled the boat in Gelting Bay on 5 May 1945 (Operation “Regenbogen”).


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First Pilot to Score 100 Victories Entirely on the Western Front

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 10 Jun 2019 09:36

A colorized picture of Egon Mayer by Mihaly Gherman. Mayer (19 August 1917 – 2 March 1944) was a Luftwaffe wing commander and fighter ace who was credited with 102 enemy aircraft shot down in over 353 combat missions. His victories were all claimed over the Western Front and included 26 four-engine bombers, 51 Supermarine Spitfires and 12 P-47 Thunderbolts. Mayer was the first fighter pilot to score 100 victories entirely on the Western Front. On 1 December 1943, Mayer shot down three P-47 Thunderbolts. His claimed aerial victories increased to 90 on 30 December 1943. Mayer was credited with four victories on 7 January 1944, three B-24s and one B-17 shot down in the vicinity of Orléans. On 4 February 1944 he claimed his 100th victory, the first fighter pilot on the Channel Front to achieve this mark.

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Destroyed the First British Armored Car in North Africa

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 17 Jun 2019 19:42

Oberleutnant Winrich Behr winning the Knight’s Cross whilst Chef 3./AA (mot.) 3 of the DAK, on 15 May 1941. His company knocked out the very first enemy armoured car to be destroyed by German forces in North Africa.
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Re: Youngest, Oldest, The First, The Most, and Other Records

Post by frodo » 28 Jun 2019 05:56

Hi,
another first:
which submarine (resp. commander) was the first to break through Gibraltar into Mediterranean Sea?
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The First German Airman Killed by RAF in World War II

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 21 Feb 2020 04:17

Gefreiter Joseph Scherm’s claim to fame was that he was the first German airman killed by the Royal Air Force in the Second World War. He was shot down on 27 September 1939 by point-blank return fire from Aircraftman John Ernest Summers, the gunner on Battle K9271 of No. 103 Squadron. Scherm fell into impenetrable woods near Bockweiler. Summers was later awarded the DFM for this action.
Source: Book "The Battle of France Then and Now" by Peter D. Cornwell
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First German general KIA in the Soviet Union

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 11 Mar 2020 12:07

Generalmajor Otto Lancelle, commander of the 121. Infanterie-Division, was killed by a Russian sniper, on 3 July 1941, age 56, on the bridgehead of Kraslava on the Dvina, Latvia.

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Longest living admiral of the Kriegsmarine

Post by Kriegsmarine Großadmiral » 11 Mar 2020 12:16

Longest living admiral of the Kriegsmarine, 100 years old.

Charakterisierter Konteradmiral (Ing.) Walter Berendt

Born: 16 April 1878 in Görlitz
Died: 16 August 1978 in Bayreuth
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