Schnappauf, Georg

Date of birth:
March 28th, 1906 (Haßlach/Kronach, Germany)
Date of death:
March 31st, 1971 (Füssen (Allgäu), Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
January 1st, 1938: Hauptmann (RDA -42-);
October 1st, 1941: Major (RDA -24a-);
March 1st, 1945: Oberstleutnant.

Career:
?:Panzerjäger-Abteilung 52;
?: Kommandeur Panzerjäger-Abteilung 52;
April 1st, 1943: Kommandeur Panzerjäger-Abteilung 560;
March 6th, 1944: Führerreserve OKH;
May 6th, 1944: Panzertruppenschule Bergen;
October 15th, 1944: Kommandeur Panzer-Brigade 108;
December 1st, 1944: Führerreserve OKH / 11. Panzer-Division;
December 4th, 1944: m.d.F.b. Panzer-Regiment 102;
May 1st, 1945: Kommandeur Panzer-Regiment 102.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzerjäger-Abteilung 52, 46. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1941
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Führer-Panzer-Regiment 1, Führer-Begleit-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 19th, 1945
The following press article describes how Schnappauf would receive the Knight’s Cross…

“Hard is the battle, for it has been confirmed that the Soviet armoured spearhead has reached Lauban. Into the flank of this Soviet threat advance our Panzers and Panzergrenadiers. Flak units are brought up, their barrels pointed against the sky in order to protect our rolling columns from the ever present enemy aircraft. Every now and then the shots of our 8.8 cm cannons surge forth, and out of a concealed position invisible to the naked eye the smoke column of a destroyed T-34 rises.

An armoured group under the command of Major Schnappauf (from Kulmbach, Oberfranken), advancing far ahead of the other formations, pushed into a strong Soviet tank assembly area. Shortly afterwards new waves of enemy tanks struck behind him from the north and south. The only possible contact with friendly reinforcements was by radio. Hard duels, with tank fighting tank, ensued until the onset of nightfall. Under the cover of darkness the Major moved on foot, guiding his Panzers through the packs of enemy tanks. Despite coming within 30 to 40 meters of the enemy gun barrels at times, he and his Panzers emerged from the dangerous predicament safely and without loss.

The following morning, as the Soviets circled the fields in vain for the German Panzers, the Major himself was already prepared to fight and thrusted into the enemy’s flank. The Wehrmachtsbericht spoke of 31 enemy tanks destroyed on this day in the area around Lauban.

The bulk of these had been eliminated by the armoured Kampfgruppe of this Upper-Franconian Panzer hussar, a rarity among armoured soldiers in his wearing of the close combat clasp.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 52, 46. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1941
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS

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