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Oberst Fritz Müller

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,,Fritz Müller was born on the 3rd of October 1907 in Neumarkt/Schlesien. In 1927 he began his military career as a soldier in the 7. Infantery-Regiment of the 3. Infantery-Division during the Reichswehr period. At the beginning of the Russian compaign in June 1941, Müller was commander of the 2. Company/Jägerregiment 38 - 8th Infantery-Division. With this unit he was, south of lake Ilmen, succefully involved in the outbreak of the "Kessel von Demjansk". For this reason Hauptmann Müller received the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross on the 25th of August 1942.

He was given this high honor for the unknown heroic defensive actions of the batallion under his charge on "Feuerberg" around "Wassiljewtschina" on the 10th of August 1942. After mass shelling by artillery on their position, they were still able to ward off 12 attacks by Russian troops supported by countless tanks. Enemy infiltrations into the German line were repeatedly canceled out by counterattacks.

In 1943, as commander of Grenadier-Regiment 208 - 79. Infantry-Division, Oberstleutnant Müller saw combat missions in the Kuban Bridge Head (Kuban-Brückenkopf), along the Mius River, in Nikopol and along the Dnieper River.

In the vicinity of the port city of Nikopol (Никополь), Oberstleutnant Müller fought very close with his front-line men and repeatedly risked his own life. By personal intervention by the commander and his men, enemy shock troops could be brought to a halt at the command post on the 19th of December 1943. New attacks on December 25 were also repelled. Within a radius of 400 meters from the headquarters, 23 enemy tanks were destroyed. As well as one tank just 7 meters from the headquarters, this by use of a Panzerfaust. For this successful defense of the front line, Müller received the 477th Oakleaves for the Knights Cross on the 15th of May 1944.

Fritz Müller ended the war with the rank of Oberst and a leg amputation. He died on January 26, 1994 and was buried in Eschwege with military honor.''

Source: Autobiography and Landser magazine

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