The world remembers Friedrich Lengfeld, a German Wehrmacht officer, for his incredible compassion during World War II.
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Born in Grünfelde, East Prussia, on September 29, 1921, details about his early life remain scant. His dog tag hints at a possible affiliation with the Gebirgsjäger-Ersatz-Bataillon I./98 in Mittenwald, a part of the 8th Mountain Division. Lengfeld was wounded multiple times during fighting on the Eastern Front. Germany honored Lengfield with several awards for his valor.
The Day of Redemption for Friedrich Lengfeld
In 1944, Lengfeld was assigned to the 275th Infantry Division in France. Here, he led the 2nd Company of the divisional Fusilier battalion. They fought bravely during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, a battle marked by its surrounding minefield known as Wilde Sau and a forester's house in Hürtgen. Amidst the heavy fighting against American forces, Lengfeld's company found itself besieged by the 12th US Infantry Regiment.
On November 12, 1944, Lengfeld and his comrades heard a wounded American soldier's cries. Despite being on opposing sides, Lengfeld ordered his troops not to shoot any approaching American medics. As the soldier's desperate cries continued, Lengfeld decided to form a rescue team. Unfortunately, leading this rescue mission, he stepped on an anti-personnel mine. He suffered severe internal injuries as a result.
They rushed Lengfeld to a medical station and later transferred him to Froitzheim. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries that same day. Lengfeld's story shines as a beacon of humanity amidst the harsh brutality of war. Despite the expectation of viewing the American forces as his enemy, he chose to see the wounded soldier as a fellow man in need. His heroic, selfless act cost him his life, but his memory lives on. This tale serves as a reminder of the potential for compassion and humanity, even in times of conflict.