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Standartenführer  FRITZ  DARGES  (3965-1994)
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In August 1944 DARGES returned to the SS Wiking to replace Johannes Mühlenkamp as commander of the 5th SS Panzer Regiment.  It was in command of this unit that DARGES was awarded the Knights Cross for his actions on the night of 4 January 1945.  The division was advancing towards Bicske when it was stopped by the 41st Guards Rifle Division of the 4th Guards Army. DARGES initially probed the Soviet line with a mixed Panzer and Panzer Grenadier Kampfgruppe and succeeded in breaking through the line at dawn.  Subsequently he ambushed and destroyed a Soviet task force, knocking out four 122mm guns, four 76mm anti-tank guns, twelve trucks and a number of supply vehicles.  He then attacked Regis Castle, forcing the garrison to retreat.  DARGES then found himself surrounded by Soviet reinforcements and was forced to repel several attacks.  Three days later when they were relieved by another Kampfgruppe from SS Wiking, they left behind more than thirty destroyed Soviet tanks.

 
 

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