Unit: 1st Bn., 16th
Bavarian "List" Regiment.
Age: approx. 52
Unit: 1st Bn., 16th Bavarian "List"
Deed: On 12 March 1942, at a position on
the old roman road south of Bologna, Unterfeldwebel Hitler
assumed command of his platoon upon the wounding of his officer
while the platoon was taking heavy fire from a machine-gun
emplacement to the west of the road. Rallying men whos units had
become disorganized under the intense fire, he directed an attack
up-hill against that emplacement, of four heavy machine-guns,
that was raking the advancing 16th Bavarian.
Hitler was wounded twice in the advance against the machine-gun
emplacement, but continued to lead such men as survived against
the Drakian position, placing himself in the greatest danger as
the emplacement was stormed and taken with grenades and the
bayonet. Unterfeldwebel Hitler refused to be evacuated to
the rear despite his wounds and led those men who were able to
fight in establishing a defence of the position and dealing with
the wounded enemy who continued to resist. The machine-guns were
turned around and directed against enemy positions within range.
The enemy, realizing the loss of their unit and with it a
critical area of high ground, called down an artillery
bombardment on the position, wounding all men defending it,
including inflicting a third wound on Unterfeldwebel
Hitler; he remained the only man able to defend the position,
which shortly came under attack by a company-sized Drakian force.
Firing each machine-gun in short bursts to conserve
ammunition and throwing grenades while moving from gun to gun,
Unterfeldwebel Hitler created the illusion of a much
larger defending force. In this manner, he successfully held the
position until relieved.
Unterfeldwebel Hitler was
then evacuated on the direct order of an officer of his battalion
to receive medical treatment for his wounds, from which he is
Hitler is recommended for the Iron Cross, First Class, due to
his exceptional gallantry and fortitude in the forestated action,
and the Silver Wound Badge for receiving three injuries in that