Schuster, Karl

Date of birth:
August 9th, 1915 (Karlsberg/Siebenbürgen, Germany)
Date of death:
August 27th, 2006 (Stuttgart/Baden-Württemberg , Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
Richtschütze 8. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 126
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1945
Obergefreiter Schuster was an anti-tank gunner and member of the 23rd Panzer Division. On the morning of 30 January 1945 his gun was protecting a battalion command post when it came under attack by the Russians on three sides. In the ensuing battle Schuster single-handedly knocked out five out of a group of seven Russian tanks that had broken through within the space of 13 minutes, as well as two trucks with limbered AT guns. With his PaK he then engaged the attacking enemy troops and was able to take 21 prisoners. For successfully engaging and thwarting this attack, Schuster was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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