Egon von Neindorff
was a Major General awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves for his defense of the German garrison at Tarnopol.
World War I and Interwar Period
Egon von Neindorff joined, 22 March 1911, Jäger battalion 12, in which he served as company commander in the First World War. At the end of the war he was transferred to the Reichswehr
The Reichswehr formed the military organisation of Germany from 1919 until 1935, when it was renamed the Wehrmacht ....
, Infantry regiment 10, and on 15 October 1935 to infantry regiment 102, of which he became company commander and a battalion commander. On 1 October 1936 Neindorff was promoted to lieutenant colonel and on 1 August 1939 to Colonel.
World War II
At the beginning of World War II Neindorff was commander of infantry regiment 456 at Döbeln
Döbeln is a town in the Free State of Saxony, Germany, part of the Mittelsachsen district, located at both banks of the river Freiberger Mulde.-History:It was founded in the 10th century, the first written proof of its existence dates back to the year 981....
. On 10 January 1940 he took over command of infantry regiment 433. After the campaign in the West, Neindorff led his regiment, from June 1941, in Russia. After being wounded and recovering Neindorff became, July 1, 1942, commander of fortress brigade 1 in Crete. From September 1942 he commanded the 189th Reserve division and on 1 December 1942 was promoted to major general. On 1 May 1943 Neindorff became commander of the 356th Infantry division in Toulon, on 5 October 1943 he took over command of the 216th Infantry-Division
The 216th Infantry Division was created on 26 August 1939 by reorganizing several Border Defense and Army Reserve units from Lower Saxony, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Hannover...
in Orel, on 20 October 1943 he commanded the 137th Infantry division in Gomel, and from 16 December 1943 the 6th Infantry division south of Gomel. From 17 January 1944 Neindorff led the 36th Infantry division in Bobruisk. On 22 January 1944 he became commander of the German garrison at Tarnopol, which he defended March–April 1944 against a Russian siege. Hitler had declared Tarnopol a fortified strong point, to be held to the last man. The Red Army surrounded Tarnopol, killing almost all the German defenders (55 survivors out of 4,500), and reducing Tarnopol to ruins. For his defense of Tarnopol, Neindorff was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, 4 April 1944. Neindorff was killed during the breakout from Tarnopol, 15 April 1944. Posthumously, 17 April 1944, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.