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Who was Oberst Martin Leske?

Article about: Gents, I recently bought this picture of what appears to be Oberst(?) Martin Leske from a local antique shop. I noticed that he was a Ritter Kreutz holder as of 8/19/44. There isn't much abo

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    Default Who was Oberst Martin Leske?

    Gents,

    I recently bought this picture of what appears to be Oberst(?) Martin Leske from a local antique shop. I noticed that he was a Ritter Kreutz holder as of 8/19/44. There isn't much about him and was wondering if anyone can shed some light? He is positioned second from the left.Click image for larger version. 

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    I thank you in advance for any information you can provide.

    Regards,

    Joel

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    Born: 17th Aug 1917 at Rothenburg
    Died: 7th Jan 1981 at Augsburg

    Won the RK as the commander of I./Jäger-Rgt 49 (28 Jäger-Division) on 19th Aug 1944.

    Finished the war as a Major but joined the post-war Bundeswehr and retired as an Oberst on 30th Sept 1975.

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    Thank you very much Hucks!

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    Anyone know how his Rk was earned?

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    His RK was earned during the retreat of from Minsk to Ostpreußen.
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Thank you Paul for the info.. I appreciate it.

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    Your welcome !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    I am Oberst Martin Leske's son. In the picture he is not the second from the left but the second from the right.

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    Thank you Muffin! Welcome to the Forum as well. Your Father had quite a military career.

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