Schäfer, Friedrich "Fritz"

Date of birth:
August 12th, 1919 (Buer/Gelsenkirchen, Germany)
Date of death:
September 2nd, 1992 (Cologne, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
4. / Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Flying Officer)
Unit:
Staffelführer, 4. Staffel, I. Gruppe, Kampfgeschwader 200, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for the role he played in the Battle of Vercors, the German operation to crush a group of French Maquis in mid-1944. During the operation Schäfer commanded two companies of Fallschirm-Bataillon “Jungwirth”, who landed directly on top of the plateau in 20 gliders on 23.07.1944. These forces, along with other German Kampfgruppen, eventually overwhelmed the resistance fighters after a hard fight.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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