German Fallschirmjäger Lieutenant – Erich Lepkowski
Erich Lepkowski became famous for “Lepkowski’s Prisonbreak”, which
took place on 16 August 1944. During this raid on a POW camp, Lepkowski
and his men went deep into territory held by Partisans of the French
Forces of the Interior (FFI) and by Americans in order to rescue 130 of
their fellow Fallschirmjäger troops.
Lepkowski’s raid was a terrific success. The column had travelled 75 miles round trip. They had rescued all 130 prisoners and even captured 15 FFI soldiers.
Erich Lepkowski was an instant hero. General Ramcke promoted him to Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant) and he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
This miniature is cast in white metal* and shipped without a base.
* NOTE ON SAFETY – THIS IS NOT A TOY AND NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14. CONTAINS SMALL PARTS THAT MAY BE HARMFUL IF CHEWED OR SWALLOWED.