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Schwabenberger, Josef (Grenadier-Regiment 467)

Date of birth:
March 6th, 1920 (Ansfelden/Linz/Upper Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
March 30th, 1944 (north of Krasniza, region Sambor near Lemberg/Vitebsk Oblast, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Schatkowo
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
2. / Grenadier-Regiment 467
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 2. / Grenadier-Regiment 467
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1943
The following newspaper excerpt (dated 17.09.1943) describes why Schwabenberger was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“The Knight’s Cross for a Feldwebel from the Upper Danube:

The Führer has awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross to Feldwebel Josef Schwabenberger, Zugführer in a Grenadier-Regiment.

Feldwebel Josef Schwabenberger… repulsed an attack by a Soviet battalion in the area southwest of Vyazma with his Zug of Lower Saxonian Grenadiers. The Soviets then approached his position once again through the dense terrain. Schwabenberger thusly conducted a counterattack on his own initiative with a part of his Zug. In doing so annihilated the lead enemy elements and forced the remainder to fall back.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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