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Ecker, Paul

Date of birth:
May 21st, 1913 (Linz/Upper Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
February 27th, 1979 (Linz/Upper Austria, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1938-1945, Reichsgau)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 17th, 1940

Bronze version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 3. / Schützen-Regiment 12
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 9 / 26.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
March 16th, 1944
On the 23.02.1944 Major Ecker and his Kampfgruppe (consisting of his Bataillon plus elements of the II./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 9 and II./Pz.Gren.Rgt. 1027) were able to wrest control of the fortress-like group of houses at Buon Riposo, which were located on a hill and defended by one battalion each of US and British forces. Over 650 prisoners were taken in the process. Major Ecker would later receive the Knight’s Cross for this success.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 9
Awarded on:
October 28th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his actions during the defensive fighting near the Adriatic sea. At 02:00 on the 01.09.1944 Major Ecker led a Kampfgruppe consisting of elements from his Bataillon and the Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 26 in very bright moonlight against the village of Montegridolfo (north of the Foglia river). He and his men were ultimately able to eject the enemy from this village, and all throughout the battle Major Ecker was to be found at the head of his Grenadiers.

634th Award

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