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Nice example to a unit (both the Pz.Pionier-Btl and it's parent unit 23.Panzer-Division) that saw a lot of combat. Of the 11 soldiers in 23 Pz.Division that won the Close Combat Clasp in Gold, no less than 5 came from Pz.Pi.Btl 51.

Signed by Hauptmann Hesse, the soldier was wounded on the 9th September when Pz.Pi.Btl 51 was used to counterattack Soviet forces that had captured Prochladny deep in the Caucasus region. By the evening the village of Primalkinskoje was back in German hands but the attack against Prochladny had bogged down.                              

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