German Crosses in Gold for the Gran Sasso raid?

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German Crosses in Gold for the Gran Sasso raid?

Post by USAF1986 » 06 Oct 2002 04:57

Hi! Most accounts of the Gran Sasso raid invariably relate that Luffwaffe paratroopers Major Otto-Harald Mors and Oberleutnant Georg Freiherr von Berlepsch received nothing in the way of decorations for their role in the mission. I was just glancing through Horst Scheibert’s “Die Träger des Deutschen Kreuzes in Gold (Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS) und Deutschen Kreuzes in Silber (Heer, Kriegsmarine, Luftwaffe, Waffen-SS)” and noticed both received the German Cross in Gold on 1 November 1943. Just curious, were these, in fact, somewhat belated awards for the Gran Sasso raid?

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Gran Sasso list..

Post by stalktiger » 07 Oct 2002 19:22

Shawn,
Do you have or know of a list of all the participants in the raid ?
I know one guy, Paul Spitt, who is still alive. I believe he is the last survivor from the raid...
Dale

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Post by Peter H » 17 Nov 2007 12:44

Major Mors, Oberleutnant Freiherr von Berlepsch and Hauptmann Gerhard Langguth all received the German Cross in Gold on 1 November 1943 for Gran Sasso.

Langguth was Student's Intelligence Officer that had conducted recce flights of the area,did the technical planning.Flew in the first plane towing a glider.

Mors(1910-2001) later served as 1a, 3FJD in the West.Captured in the Ruhr Pocket in 1945.A German,born in Egypt,his linguistic skills included Italian,English and Greek.Served on Student's staff at Crete,later served in Russia in FJR3,then took over command of I/FJR7.Mors arrived after the action was over from his holding position at the base of Gran Sasso so he wasn't involved in the direct action.

Berlepsch commanded 1 Komp/FJR7 and landed by glider was his men,acting as a covering force for Skorenzy.


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Post by Peter H » 17 Nov 2007 12:47

From Jean-Yves Nasse's Green Devils1

Langguth,Mors and Mussolini
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Post by Peter H » 17 Nov 2007 12:47

Berlepsch
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Post by joerg » 17 Nov 2007 21:25

Hi friends!
The following persons where also decorated decorated with the German Cross in Gold for the Gran Sasso-Raid:
-Oblt. JOHANNES HEIDENREICH and
-Obfw. HANS NEELMEYER.
Both where gliderpilots, the unit was III./Luft-Lande-Geschwader 1, they became the German Cross on 26.09.1943.

For the same action the following two persons got the Knights Cross:
- Lt. ELIMAR MEYER (31.12.1916-12.11.1996), gliderpilot (same unit as above)
- Hptm. HEINRICH GERLACH (18.12.12-20.10.1993), Pilot of the Fieseler "Storch"-plane, who flew Mussolini and Skorzeny away from the Gran Sasso. Gerlach was the pilot of General Student, Commanding General of the XI. Flieger-Korps.

MEYER : Knights Cross 17.09.1943
GERLACH : KC 19.09.1943
GENERAL STUDENT : Oak Leaves 27.09.1943
SKORZENY: KC 13.09.1943.

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Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 00:29

Elimar Meyer.

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Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 00:33

Heinrich Gerlach.

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Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 02:05

A third Glider pilot,Fw. Heiner Lohrmann, also received the DKiG for Gran Sasso.


From wehrmacht-awards.com,poster Eric Queen.

Left to right--Feldwebel Heiner Lohrmann, Ofw.Hans Neelmeyer,Uffz.Gustav Thielmann.
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Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 02:24

Glider Pilots as listed were:

Lt. Elimar Meyer (RK)
Ofw. Neelmeyer(DKiG)
Ofw. Beerenbold
Fw. Lohrmann(DKiG)
Uffz. Maier
Uffz. Jenniches
Uffz Thielmann(DKiG)
Uffz. Ronsdorf
Uffz. Gedenk
Uffz. Stark


Oberleutnant Johannes Heidenreich was their Staffelkapitän,awarded the DKiG,for being involved in the planning process,flew in one of the towing aircraft.

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Re: Gran Sasso list..

Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 02:37

stalktiger wrote:Shawn,
Do you have or know of a list of all the participants in the raid ?
I know one guy, Paul Spitt, who is still alive. I believe he is the last survivor from the raid...
Dale
Paul Spitt,SS Friedenthal,from Nasse's book.
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Post by Peter H » 18 Nov 2007 02:44

From: http://forum.panzer-archiv.de/viewtopic.php?t=5555
Also involved in the raid, Oblt.Schulze, Kompaniechef der 3./FJR 7
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From left-Skorenzy (SS), Schulze (FJ), Mussolini, Schwerdt (SS), far right Karl Radl (SS).
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Post by Peter H » 24 Nov 2007 14:59

Photo of Langguth from Oscar G,wehrmacht-awards.com


Oscar's new book on the raid looks an excellent addition to one's library

http://www.amazon.com/Fallschirmjager-S ... 553&sr=1-1
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Post by Balsi » 25 Nov 2007 09:42

Gerhard Langguth is also still alive... I talked to him, because he was Chief of my grandfather in the 1940`s. There where first 4 man who knewd about the raid... Student, Skorzeny, Radl and Langguth. Skorzeny and Radl lived in Langguths secretary for some weeks and Langguth also was on the Flyer... when Skorzeny made his pictures... very interestig stoeries He told me...but he is more than 95.. an a Brigadegeneral a.D.

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Post by Peter H » 25 Nov 2007 12:54

Thanks Balsi.

From: http://web.archive.org/web/200606170724 ... hammer.htm
28th September 1943. Albaner Bergen. General Student presents decorations to men of Operation Eiche.
From left to right: Hauptmann Gerlach (RK), Lt Elimar Meyer(RK).
Major Mors, Hauptmann Langguth, 3 Glider Pilots[Feldwebel Heiner Lohrmann, Ofw.Hans Neelmeyer,Uffz.Gustav Thielmann](All awarded the DKG).
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