Germany - Third Reich: Certificate of Entry in the Honour Roll of the 98th Infantry Division, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Bösch, Komp.Truppführer in der 1.Gr.Rgt.290’, for an act of bravery on the Eastern Front on 10th September 1941, an A4 sized facsimile document as issued, its bears a citation of the recipient’s action, he may well have won the Iron Cross 1st Class for the same act, which occurred near Kusovlevo at Koserogi, a small town to the south-east of Moscow and now called Kozerohy in the Ukraine. The recipient was himself killed in act

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Germany - Third Reich: Certificate of Entry in the Honour Roll of the 98th Infantry Division, issued to: ‘Unteroffizier Bösch, Komp.Truppführer in der 1.Gr.Rgt.290’, for an act of bravery on the Eastern Front on 10th September 1941, an A4 sized facsimile document as issued, its bears a citation of the recipient’s action, he may well have won the Iron Cross 1st Class for the same act, which occurred near Kusovlevo at Koserogi, a small town to the south-east of Moscow and now called Kozerohy in the Ukraine. The recipient was himself killed in action on 24th October 1941 whilst still fighting near to Kusovlevo. Issued by the Divisional Commander on 22nd February 1943, it bears the facsimile signature ‘Gareis’ for Martin Gareis, Generalleutnant and GOC of the 98th Infantry Division. This is an extremely rare document.

The printed citation reads as follows: “Has particularly distinguished himself during the pursuit battles of the Regiment near Koserogi on 10th September 1941 through a quick witted decisive action. During grim close combat of 1/290 Inf Regt with an encircling superior Russian combat group, Bösch prevented the setting up of two Russian 12.2 cm Howitzers in the last moment because he sprang on the field guns at a distance of 120 metre’s, the crew were forced to take cover by a thrown hand grenade which did not explode, whilst he himself kept on running and with fixed bayonet took care of the crewmen.”

The document is mounted on a board, removed from a picture frame by a firm called Vitrine in Überlingen, in the Bodenseekreis, and located on the northern shore of Lake Constance near the border with Switzerland.

Together with a photograph of Unteroffizier Hans Bösch, taken in a snowy forested area, together with two fellow soldiers. Annotated on the reverse.

Hans Bösch was born on 31st August 1908 in Illmensee-Pfullendorf, located just to the north of Lake Constanz in southern Germany, and would have seen active service during the war in the area of the Siegfried Line in the West in 1939, during the campaign in France in 1940, and then out on the southern and central Russian front during the opening stages of the campaign, being decorated with a Certificate of Entry in the Honour Roll of the 98th Infantry Division for his gallant action on 10th September 1941, which occurred near Kusovlevo at Koserogi, a small town to the south-east of Moscow and now called Kozerohy in the Ukraine.

The citation reads as follows: “Has particularly distinguished himself during the pursuit battles of the Regiment near Koserogi on 10th September 1941 through a quick witted decisive action. During grim close combat of 1/290 Inf Regt with an encircling superior Russian combat group, Bösch prevented the setting up of two Russian 12.2 cm Howitzers in the last moment because he sprang on the field guns at a distance of 120 metre’s, the crew were forced to take cover by a thrown hand grenade which did not explode, whilst he himself kept on running and with fixed bayonet took care of the crewmen.”

Bösch who was at the time serving with the 1st Battalion, 290th Grenadier Regiment, may well have been awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class for this incident, however this cannot be confirmed, and he was then subsequently killed in action shortly afterwards on 24th October 1941 whilst still fighting near to Kusovlevo.