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Naber, Josef 'Sepp' (SS-Pz.-Jäg.-Abt. 'Das Reich')

Date of birth:
October 6th, 1916 (Penzberg, Weilheim-Schongau - Germany)
Date of death:
May 1992 (Penzberg, Weilheim-Schongau - Germany)
Service number:
SS Nr.: 286.624
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

SS Oberscharfuehrer Josef Naber was platoon commander in the 9 company 3 SS Pz.Abt 2 SS Pz. Rgt, 2 SS Pz.Div during battle for the Kursk sailent. "Das Reich".
Oberscharführer SS Joseph Naber, the commander of the T-34 from the 9th Tank Company (attacked on the right flank of the attack battalion) recalled the attack that day: "I went to the head tank. Right tanks of the 3rd Platoon, left - the tanks of the 2nd platoon. Directly behind me tank company commander, SS Hauptsturmführer Zinn and tank management group company. All the tanks were linked by radio. We have not driven and 200 m as appeared in existence inferno - on all sides of us firing tanks T-34 and 76.2-mm anti-tank guns. Two kilometers on a hill railway line, there were several armored trains, which we fired from all guns. When the next attack, I found that in the forest from 40 to 50 T-34 tanks, not counting the anti-tank guns. We also shot at from all trunks. In my tank got jammed turret, I gave the order to depart. " Damage to the turret proved to be not severe and could be repaired by the crew. "Although a lot of Russian tanks on fire, but I could see that some of our tanks also burning," he summed up the battle Naber.
At night, again heavy rain, watered the earth, scorched the hot July sun. Meanwhile, in the 9th tank company collected a detachment commander for the search. Joseph Naber recalled the events of that night: "With three volunteers I returned to the battlefield to find a company commander. Since we took a gun .... Throughout the tanks were still burning, with some exploding ammunition. ... I knew about, where there was a tank company commander. We'll find him .... In the tank it had a lot of holes on the 76.2-mm projectiles. The body we found a company commander in the turret of a tank, he had a lot of debris in the head - hard death. We put our commander on the canvas, and the four of us carried him .... About five o'clock (am - RP), we returned to our village, "
Known that this tankman had good fight score during Koursk battle, but how much tanks him destroyed now unknown.
Promoted SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung "Das Reich"
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
SS-Panzer-Regiment 2
Panzerkampfabzeichen III Stufe

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