PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Preß, Heinrich
Date of birth: March 27th, 1913 (Raunheim/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:  May 30th, 1995 (Raunheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Career and promotions:
9th April 1931: In service, Kurzlehrgang, 13. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
14th April 1931: Rekrutenausbildung, 14. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st October 1931: Schütze, 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st April 1933: promotion to Obergrenadier, promotion to Gefreiter;
1st October 1933: promotion to Unteroffizier, Gruppenführer, 5. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen;
1st April 1936: Hauptfeldwebeldiensttuer, II. / Infanterie-Regiment 15, Gießen and II. / Infanterie-Regiment 36, Worms
1st October 1936: promotion to Feldwebel;
6th October 1936: Hauptmfeldwebel, II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105, Trier;
1st February 1940: promotion to Offizieranwärter; 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st April 1940: promotion to Leutnant, Zugführer, 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
5th June 1940: wounded in Lazerett;
June 1941: Genesendenkompanie Ersatz-Bataillon 105, Wittlich;
August 1941: Kompanie-Führer-Lehrgang Ersatz-Bataillon 87, Koblenz;
December 1941: Kompanie-Führer-Lehrgang, Infanterie-Regiment 87, Wiesbaden;
1st February 1942: promotion to Oberleutnant, Verpflegungsoffizier, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
September 1942: Führer Stabskompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
November 1942: Ordonnanzoffizier/Kompaniechef, 14. and 4. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
May 1943: Führer I. and II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st July 1943: promotion to Hauptmann;
November 1944: Führerreserve, Infanterie-Regiment 105;
1st December 1944: promotion to Major;
February 1945: Regimentsführer Infanterie-Regiment 124;
May 1945 till 6th January 1950: Soviet imprisonment;
21st April till 19th May 1961: Training Schule für Nachrichtenwesen der Bundeswehr;
19th December 1962: Oberstleutnant der Reserve.
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Rank: Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit: Zugführer 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: June 23rd, 1940
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Rank: Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit: Zugführer 2. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: 1940
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Verpflegungsoffizier Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: July 17th, 1942
 
     
KRIMSCHILD (STIFTUNGS AUSFÜHRING)
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Verpflegungsoffizier Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: August 23rd, 1942
 
     
INFANTERIE-STURMABZEICHEN
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Chef 4. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: April 6th, 1943
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Führer I. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: May 1st, 1943
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SILBER
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: December 15th, 1943
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: December 23rd, 1943
 
     
EHRENBLATTSPANGE DES HEERES UND WAFFEN-SS
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: January 15th, 1944
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN GOLD
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105
Awarded on: August 11th, 1944
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 105 / 72.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: October 16th, 1944
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Willi Schumacher collection
Information source(s):   - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
- Personnel record through Beyerlein sammlung
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