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Marines with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live fire with M242 Bushmaster cannons and M240G machine guns on static targets during Realistic Urban Training Marine Expeditionary Unit Exercise 14-1 (RUTMEUEX) at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., March 17, 2014.

Fritz Vogt, Untersturmfuhrer of SS Division “Das Reich”, of the 2nd SS Reconnaissance Battalion,  in the action that earned him the Knight’s Cross.

Advancing to Flanders, his reconnaissance unit located a French column the size of a battalion preparing a counter-attack on the German lines. Vogt did not think twice and ordered his men to attack immediately. His motorcyclists supported by two armored cars and one antitank gun caught by surprise the enemy column, attacking the vanguard and rear. And so it was that 650 French soldiers laid down their arms against 30 reconnaissance soldiers  of the Waffen-SS.