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Count Hyazinth Strachwitz Von Gross Zauche

Count Hyazinth Strachwitz Von Gross Zauche

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Achtung Panzer! - Count Hyazinth Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz!Introduction - What's New - Site MapPanzer Profiles - Additional InformationVehicles of the Wehrmacht - Military LinksBron Pancerna - ForumCount Hyazinth Strachwitzvon Gross-Zauche und CamminetzDer Panzergraf / The Panzer Count(July 30, 1893 - 1968)Count Hyazinth Strachwitz von Gross-Zauche und Camminetz was born on July30th of 1893 to old Silesian nobility in Grosstein. His family had longmilitary tradition dating back to fighting Mongols during the battle ofLegnica (Legnitz) on April 15th of 1241, when the Mongols defeated aPolish army under Henry II, prince of Lower Silesia. His roots werereflected by his Christian name, which was given to family's first childfor over 700 years to honour Silesian Saint Hyazinth to whom the chapel infamily castle at Grosstein was dedicated. Young Count joined the ImperialArmy's elite Garde du Corps cuirassier regiment being sponsored by KaiserWilhelm II. He studied at the Lichterfelde Cadet Academy. Strachwitz was atalented horseman, swordsman and athlete and prospective candidate forGerman team for 1916 Olympic Games. In 1914, the French capturedLieutenant Strachwitz after one weeklong raid into the French rear areas.The French for wearing civilian clothes when captured sentenced him todeath but the sentence was commuted. The Count remained a prisoner of warto the end of the war in southeast of France. Strachwitz returned homevery sick in 1918. He then joined the Freikorps (paramilitaryorganization) to restore the order in post-war Upper Silesia, which wasbeing reclaimed by newly formed Poland. Following that he remained in thearmy - Reichwehr's 7th Cavalry Regiment, which followed the traditions ofthe former regiments of the Imperial Army.In 1934, Strachwitz attended army manoeuvres near Breslau and becameinterested in new armoured fighting vehicles and motorized formations. In1935, he joined a large cadre being transferred to the newly formed 2ndPanzer Regiment, which was stationed at Eisenach and became the core of1st Panzer Division. The Count fought with his unit in Poland (1939),France (1940) and Balkans (1941) often showing his boldness and tacticalcreativity on the battlefield. In the early stage of the German invasionof the Soviet Union in 1941, Strachwitz commanded the 18th PanzerBattalion in 18th Panzer Division, where he became a popular and respectedfield commander with great tactical skills. He soon gained the nickname ofDer Panzergraf - The Panzer Count. He took part in major battles of theearly fighting on the Eastern Front, including crossing of Bug andfighting at Brody-Dubno. At this stage, The Panzer Count became known forhis daring tactics, which often result in heavy losses inflicted upon theRed Army by his unit. In 1942, Strachwitz was promoted to the rank of

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