Staudegger, Franz

Date of birth:
February 12th, 1923 (Unterloibach/Völkermarkt/Carinthia, Austria)
Date of death:
March 16th, 1991 (Frankfurt am Main/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberschütze
Unit:
2.E./Infanterie Regiment (mot.) "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
January 7th, 1942
Details:
For wound received by Zhytomyr, Ukraine on July 7th 1941.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Schütze
Unit:
1./Infanterie Regiment (mot.) "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
February 23rd, 1942
Details:
Bronze version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Stabskompanie I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1/SS Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
4.(s)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1./SS Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1943
Details:
Silver version.
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Panzerkommandant 13.(schwere)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1/SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
July 6th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Panzerkommandant 13.(schwere)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1/SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1943
Action:
On the 8th of July the Russians attacked the German lines around Teterevino while most of the division’s tanks were fighting further to the northwest. However in the town itself were two damaged Tiger tanks, one of which was commanded by Staudegger. Despite the compromised status of the vehicle he determined it was fit for battle, and he took up firing positions. In the ensuing engagement his Tiger destroyed 17 Soviet tanks. After this the remaining Russian armour withdrew into a gully to regroup, but Staudegger pursued them and destroyed a further 5, firing until his AP rounds had been expended and even then continuing the fight with HE rounds. Thus through his actions the Soviet attack was completely crushed, and Staudegger received the Knight’s Cross very shortly afterwards. It would make him the first Knight’s Cross Holder from the battle of Kursk as well as the first Waffen-SS Tiger commander to be so decorated.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo: Photo AndreM via Wehrmacht awards Forum
  • - MOONEY, PETER, Waffen-SS Knights and their Battles, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 2010.
    - Documents and decorations from AndreM via Wehrmacht awards Forum
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Berger, F., Ritterkreuzträger aus Österreich und den k.u.k. Kronländern, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2006
    - Agte, P., Michael Wittmann and the Tiger Commanders of the Leibstandarte, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc., Winnipeg, Canada, 2005
    - Federl, C., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Panzerdivisionen 1939-1945, VDM Heinz Nickel, Zweibrücken, Germany, 2000
    - Panzer-Archiv.de