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Danowski, Franz

Date of birth:
February 18th, 1917 (Berlin/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
October 10th, 1944 (Western front)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Franz Danowski was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel
Unit:
10. / Infanterie-Regiment 41 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Führer 10. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 111 / 11.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1944
During the fighting in autumn 1944 Leutnant Danowski led a relief attack south of Chateau-Salins with only a handful of men. He succeeded in breaking into a tactically commanding enemy position via a surprise attack, and in doing so he captured/destroyed several armoured cars and heavy weapons as well as a number of prisoners. He and his men then defended this position against all subsequent enemy counterattacks. Danowski would eventually be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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