Strahammer, Martin

Date of birth:
November 13th, 1890 (Gösting/Lower Austria, Oostenrijk)
Date of death:
May 2nd, 1945 (Viadana del Calvisaao, Italy)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

Shot in imprisonment by American soldiers at Viadana del Calvisaao near Brescia, Italy.

Promotions:
1912: Fahnenjunker;
May 1915: Leutnant;
1918: Oberleutnant;
1923: Hauptmann;
1930: Major;
March 13th, 1938: Oberstleutnant;
April 1st, pril 1942: Oberst;
April 1st, 1945: Generalmajor.

Career:
October 10th, 1912: Landwehr-Infanterie-Regiment 24;
1937: Generalstab Österreichisches Heer;
1938: Kommandeur Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 49;
November 1939: Kommandeur Panzerabwehr-Abteilung 240;
1940: Kommandeur Panzerjäger-Abteilung 240;
?: Führer Infanterie-Regiment 105;
September 16th, 1942: Führer Infanterie-Regiment 266;
?: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 266;
May 1943: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 146;
October 1944: 15. Divisionsführer Lehrgang, Hirschberg;
January 1945: Führer 114. Jäger-Division;
April 15th, 1945 - April 23rd, 1945: Kommandeur 114. Jäger-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1941
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 8th September 1917.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzerjäger-Abteilung 240, 170. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 30th, 1942
Action:
On 22.01.1942 Oberstleutnant Strahammer was in command of a Kampfgruppe (consisting of his Panzerjäger-Abteilung and two companies of the Infanterie-Regiment 391) opposite the Soviet beachhead at Sudak, on the south coast of the Crimea. Despite superior enemy forces, he took the independent decision to exceed his orders and captured the Nem Kolenya from the enemy. By this action the final enemy resistance in this area was irreversibly crushed. Strahammer was recognized for this accomplishment with the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 266, 72. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 328/1
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Grenadier-Regiment 146, 65. Infanterie-Division, Heeer
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
Action:
On 02.06.1944 the 65. Infanterie-Division was mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht for its defensive successes west of the Alban hills. Before Campoleone and on the gravel road 168 US tanks were destroyed. For his major role in these achievements Strahammer was awarded the Oakleaves to his Knight's Cross.
Details:
545th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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