BÄRENFÄNGER, Erich  
 
PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Bärenfänger, Erich
Date of birth: January 12th, 1915 (Menden/Westfalen, Germany)
Date of death:  May 1st, 1945 (Berlin, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Oberstleutnant Erich Bärenfänger led the defence against the advancing Soviet forces in the east of Berlin. During the fightings his wife stood by his side. Shortly before his death he was promoted to Generalmajor. Some story's state that he and his wife committed suicide when the attempted breakout of Hitlerjugend forces failed. Other sources state that they were killed during the fightings.

Promotions:
23rd January 1944: Oberstleutnant;
     
SA-SPORTABZEICHEN
Awarded on: November 12th, 1934
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit: Führer 11./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: June 12th, 1940
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit: Führer 11./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: June 21st, 1940
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit: Führer 11./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: July 1st, 1940
 
     
INFANTERIE-STURMABZEICHEN
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit: Adjutant III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: July 23rd, 1941
Details: Silver version
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SILBER
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (2e Luitenant)
Unit: Adjutant III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: August 9th, 1941
 
     
ORDINUL CORONA ROMANEII KNIGHT
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit: Adjutant III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: August 13th, 1941
 
     
KRIEGSORDEN DES DEUTSCHEN KREUZES IN GOLD
Rank: Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit: Führer 7. / Infanterie-Regiment 123 /50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: December 26th, 1941
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN GOLD
Rank: Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Kompaniechef Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: January 10th, 1942
 
     
VOENEN ORDEN "ZA HRABROST" IV STEPEN, 1 KLAS
Rank: Oberleutnant (1e Luitenant)
Unit: Kompaniechef Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: February 7th, 1942
 
     
MEDALIA "CRUCIADA IMPOTRIUA COMUNISMULUI"
Rank: Oberleutnant (1e Luitenant)
Unit: Führer III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: May 23rd, 1942
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
Rank: Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit: Führer III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: August 5th, 1942
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Führer III. / Infanterie-Regiment 123 / 50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: August 7th, 1942
 
     
EHRENBLATTSPANGE DES HEERES UND WAFFEN-SS
Rank: Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit: Führer III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: August 14th, 1942
 
     
KRIMSCHILD (STIFTUNGS AUSFÜHRING)
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur III./Infanterie-Regiment 123/50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: November 2nd, 1942
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 123 / 50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: May 17th, 1943
Details: 243rd Award.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB UND SCHWERTERN
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur III. / Grenadier Regiment 123
Awarded on: January 23rd, 1944
Details: 45th Award.
Was simultaniously promoted to Oberstleutnant.
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
 
     
DRL SPORTABZEICHEN
 
     
BADGE OF HONOR OF THE BULGARIAN INFANTRY
Details: Silver version
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Wilco Vermeer
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