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Schrems, Leopold

Date of birth:
October 4th, 1922 (Kirchberg/Upper Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
July 8th, 2008 (Seekirchen/Salzburg, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 27th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 22nd, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter
Unit:
Gruppenführer Stabskompanie / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 85
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1944
Obergefreiter Schrems was a squad leader in Geb.Jäg.Rgt. 85 during the fighting in Italy in summer 1944. On May 27 Schrems contributed greatly to the successful defense of his unit when it came under attack by Allied tanks. An estimated 25 enemy tanks attacked Schrems’ group, which consisted of only 24 Gebirgsjäger and an anti-tank gun. The gun was quickly knocked out, leaving the remaining German soldiers in a very bad situation. As enemy tanks began to approach, Schrems’ left his position to attack individual allied tanks three times and eliminated them with Panzerfausts (one of which was destroyed at a range of only 15 meters). For his boldness that day he received the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1944
For the destruction of a tank on 20th July 1944.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1944
For the destruction of a tank on 20th July 1944.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1944
For the destruction of a tank on 20th July 1944.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber

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