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Weber, Gottfried

Date of birth:
January 31st, 1891 (Breslau/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
August 17th, 1958 (Villach/Carinthia, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Finally became Generalmajor with the West-German Bundeswehr in 1958 but was killed in a car crash on August 17th 1958.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
I./Infanterie-Regiment 162
Awarded on:
October 13th, 1941
Action:
On 02.08.1941 Weber's division (61. Infanterie) was advancing from the east along the Järva-Jeani road when a scattered Soviet regiment was reported to be advancing on them from the south. Weber immediately took a battalion and swiftly plunged into the middle of the Soviet troops with them. In the confusing situation Weber's leadership ensured the German's were able to master the odds and the enemy were destroyed or scattered. The flanks and rear of the division were thus cleared of the enemy and Weber was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Grenadier-Regiment 176
Awarded on:
February 16th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor
Unit:
12. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for the successful leadership of his division from the time he took over its command in mid-November 1943 up until the end of February 1944.
Details:
490th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945, Podzun-Pallas, 2000
    - Berger F., Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern, Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, 2006
    - Fraschka G., Mit Schwertern und Brillanten, Die Träger der höchsten deutschen Tapferkeitsauszeichnung, Universitas, 2002

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