Weiß, Josef

Date of birth:
December 30th, 1911 (Leyss/Braunsberg (East Prussia), Germany)
Date of death:
March 13th, 1945 (Near Heiligenbeil, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
3./Grenadier-Regiment 273
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Melder 1./Grenadier-Regiment 24
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1945
Action:
During the night of 05-06.02.1945 the Grenadier-Regiment 24 had the mission of recapturing the villages of Dixen and Gut Weskeim. In the ensuing house-to-house combat Josef Weiß showed outstanding bravery and skill in the attack, and largely thanks to his efforts the attack objectives of his company were quickly achieved. However Weiß himself was severely wounded in this battle and later died of his injuries. His achievements were recognized with the posthumous bestowal of the Knight's Cross.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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