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Otto Bukatschek
Allegiance Germany
Awards Iron Cross

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Otto Peter Bukatschek/Wünsche (January 14, 1915 in Morgentau - † March 24, 2003 in Renningen-Malmsheim) was a German Feldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II. Otto Peter Bukatschek was born in the Sudetenland on the 14.01.1915 in morning dew and initially belonged to the Czech Army. Soon, however, he joined the Sudeten German Freikorps and after connection to the German Reich according to report by the 09.01.1939 of the 12th (MG) company of infantry regiment 52, the 4th Infantry Division. With his company, he participates in the Poland - and battle of France, where he is wounded and in a hospital. According to the message from the 06.07.1940 Bukatschek sets the hospital in Oevendrupp in the recovering company of the infantry replacement battalion 52, until he finally company of infantry regiment 52 returns with message of the 17.08.1940 in the 12th. As part of the reclassification of the 4th Infantry Division, in the 14th Panzer Division, renamed the infantry regiment of Schützen-Regiment 52 52 and related to establishing the 18th Panzer Division. There, Bukatschek is mixed (heavy) company of the rifle regiment 52 with message of the 10.11.1940 in the 11th or message of the 20.11.1940 in the 10th. Message from the 27.01.1941 he will be transferred to the 2nd company of the shooters replacement battalion 101, returns but with message from the 22.03.1941 to the 10th (heavy) company, where he assumes the leadership of I turn. With his company, he then participates in the Eastern campaign, is badly wounded but at the 01.07.1941 at the Berezina River Bridge by a lung steckschuß, 12 mm left of the heart. A wound that will accompany him all his life. Bukatschek played a decisive role in taking the bridge during the fighting at the bridge. In independent decision he stormed the bridge with the first shooter and tore apart even the already burning fuse to blow up the bridge, put out the fire with a spade and cut the fuse to the other charge. Thus, he reached the ensuring of the further advance of the entire Division. He is then seriously wounded at the approach to the second bridge. For this usage, however, he receives the Knight's cross as a Sergeant and squad leader in the 10 (heavy) company of the rifle regiment 52 on the 24.07.1941. For a forest battle of Ozgmowicze, he later received the iron cross I class, the condition for the award of the Knight's cross. Meanwhile, he was in a hospital in Königsberg and then in bad EMS. It is is assumed economically 4 in Leipzig the pioneer replacement company (mot.) according to the message from the 01.08.1941. Still, his earlier request on name change is suited in wishes. His mother died at his birth, and the father was killed in World War 1. He then came into the family of his mother with the name wishes and this name he took. Message from the 13.02.1942 he is transferred to the 1st convalescent company of protect replacement battalion 101, returns but with message of the 26.03.1942 in the replacement company for pioneer trains (mot.) 5 to Leisnig in Saxony, Germany. There, he is assigned to the training company, but by the 30.11.1942 in the disposition of the mechanized infantry replacement battalion 101 in Leisnig company spiked with message. There he comes up with message of the 11.12.1943 in the headquarters company of the battalion, then he is transferred to bsi with message of the 17.03.1943 of the army discharge point 1/IV in Bautzen. There, the discharge from the military service was then probably also due to his serious injury. In May 1945 wishes is by Czech partisans and Soviet soldiers from his home kidnapped and initially placed as war criminals, due to his Knight's cross, in the infamous camp in Bautzen. From there it was the removal in the Altai Mountains. On the trip, he must experience the deaths of numerous comrades that just to be kicked off the train. After 40 days journey, he reached the place where he should spend another five years. Meanwhile, his wife with their two sons were expelled from the Sudetenland and reached the bombed Dresden. The family met each other then again, after wishes was released from captivity in December 1949. After four years of "War criminals" in the East zone, the family managed to escape to the West. In Leonberg, the family found a place to stay and wishes a work under the management of the District Office. In December 1968, family then draws wishes in your own four walls. Otto died on the 24.03.2003 in Renningen time home desires.

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