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Schmidt, Leonhard (WL-Fallschirmjäger)

Date of birth:
December 9th, 1916 (Weißenstadt/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
August 12th, 2006 (Marktredwitz/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
3. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Bataillons Führer II. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 4
Awarded on:
April 30th, 1945
Awarded for his leadership and bravery during the retreat battles in northern Italy, especially at Cassino, Rimini and San Martino.
Awarded in Italy by General der Fallschirmtruppe Heidrich. Formally Heidrich was not entitled to do the awarding himself. It is unknown if the awarding was formally completed.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wolfgang Eckert
  • Photo: wolfgang Eckert
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1986.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Ritterkreuz Archiv IV/2008, Veit Scherzer, Ranis, Dezember 2008, ISSN 1866-4709

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