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Angel, Otto

Date of birth:
February 20th, 1913 (Oberntief/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
October 14th, 2002 (Schmelz/Saarland, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier der Reserve (Corporal of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer Panzerjäger-Abteilung 6 / Panzerjäger-Brigade 104 / Kampfgruppe Munzel (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 185)
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1945
Otto Angel was originally a member of the Sturmartillerie until early 1945, when he was transferred to the Hetzer-equipped Panzer-Jagd-Abteilung 6. He went on to achieve great success with his new unit On the 07.03.1945, during the German defense of Körlin, he was attacked by a force of 9 T-34s and 4 IS-2s. Despite these bad odds he was able to knock out 6 T-34s in just 7 minutes. Three days later, and despite battle damage to his Hetzer, he destroyed a further 8 tanks and by doing so made a major contribution to the successful German defense west of Buchholz. For these actions, as well as raising his total of tanks destroyed to 38, Angel was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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