Pröll, Karl

Date of birth:
September 16th, 1910 (Batzhausen, Germany)
Date of death:
February 7th, 1974 (Passau/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
2. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 63, 17. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 63, 17. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1943
Action:
After the commander of the Pz.Gr.Rgt. 63 became a casualty, in the area around Kotelnikowo at the end of December 1942, Hauptmann Pröll took over command of the Regiment. He reorganized his units, created a shock troop and launched a counterattack that succeeded in retaking a strategically significant point that had been lost to the enemy. This action was crucial for the continued operations of the whole 17. Panzer-Division, and in recognition of this feat Pröll would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 35, 25. Panzergrenadier-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
The non-armoured Kampfgruppe of the 25. Panzergrenadier-Division, commanded by Oberstleutnant Pröll, thrust through the Maginot line towards Hatten on the evening of 08.01.1945 under the cover of darkness. Following this, it became engaged in bitter urban combat around Hatten and Rittershofen in the time period 13.-19.01.1945. During this time, over the course of 8 days, Pröll succeeded with only 150 men in repelling 35 US attacks launched by two separate divisions. In the process they also managed to take a factory in the neighbouring sector and save its German garrison from inevitable destruction. For his performance during these battles Pröll would receive the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross.
Details:
715th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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