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Ameiser, Anton

Date of birth:
August 1st, 1907 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
February 20th, 1976 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Regiment 52 / 22.SS-Freiwillige-Kavallerie-Division / LVII.Panzerkorps / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1944
Ameiser’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Ameiser was cut off behind enemy lines with a small Kampfgruppe that initially consisted of 103 soldiers. However he and and his men managed to make their way back to the Korps again following a heroic 23-day long fighting retreat via Köres and Theis.

The bulk of this small Kampfgruppe was able to break through without abandoning any weapons along the way, and heavy losses in men and materiel were inflicted on the enemy in the process. This achievement is solely attributable to Ameiser’s exemplary personal bravery and skillful leadership.

He has also acted in a ruthless and praiseworthy fashion in situations that appeared hopeless. By doing so he has repeatedly been able to inspire his men to resist and move forwards despite their exhausted and starved state. Superhuman efforts have been brought about in this way. SS-Hauptsturmführer Ameiser has also highly distinguished himself in the heavy combat near Guyla.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - 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
    - Schneider J.W., Their Honor was Loyalty!, R. James Bender Publishing, 1977
    - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
    - Microfilm Publication A3343. US National Archives.

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