* 16.08.1919 Dorndorf/Rhön
+ 13.04.2014 Philippsthal
Awarded Knights Cross: 15.10.1944
as: Hauptsturmführer Kommandeur I./PzGrenRgt 22 "Frundsberg"
Signed postwar photo measuring 3 ¼” x 5”
Haupsturmführer Karl-Heinz Euling fought in Poland and Russia. He was transferred from the Eastern Front to France as a member of the staff of the II. Panzerkorps. Fighting in Normandy, Euling was promoted to command the first battalion of 22-Panzergrenadierregiment of the 10. -Panzerdivision ‘Frundsberg’. Euling led the remnants of his battle-hardened unit out of the maelstrom of Normandy and back to the comparative safety in Holland.
At the onset of Operation Market Garden, Euling led his men back into the thick of the heaviest combat, launching a night attack against the British paratroopers at the Arnhem road bridge. However, Euling’s men were out-numbered and out-gunned and the attack was repulsed.
Euling’s orders changed and he immediately left for the ferry at Pannerden and led his men to Nijmegen. Responsible for the main defence of the road bridge in Nijmegen, Euling worked with Baumgaertel’s Pioneers to erect the best defences that could be mustered, fortifying the approaches to both bridges.
The Allied attack in Nijmegen ground down Euling’s command and both bridges were eventually lost after heavy fighting, but Euling did not give up the fight. He gathered the last sixty men in his command and advanced through the night, out of Nijmegen. He stealthily moved his men through Allied units and crossed the Waal River to safety.
For his heroic bravery during and following the fighting in Nijmegen, Euling was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 15 October 1944.
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