Sailer, Johann

Date of birth:
December 23rd, 1921 (Wildon/Styria, Austria)
Date of death:
November 12th, 2005 (Wildon/Styria, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

Promotions:
January 1st, 1943: SS-Unterscharführer der Reserve;
April 1st, 1944: SS-Oberscharführer der Reserve;
November 9th, 1944: SS-Untersturmführer der Reserve;
May 1st, 1945: SS-Obersturmführerder Reserve.

Career:
?: Panzerjägerabteilung, SS-Division Reich;
?: 4. Zug, SS Panzerjäger-Abteilung 9.

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes / Deutsches Kreuz in Gold:
Johann Sailer was, according to his own words (his war diary "Kriegslebenslauf") awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on May 4th, 1945. The awarding, supposed to have been the 6th Award by Sepp Dietrich on May 4th, 1945, was recognized by the Ordensgemeinschaft Ritterkreuzträger, during which W.P. Fellgiebel stated the awarding date on May 6th, 1945. The same was claimed for the Deutsches Kreuz in Gold, which Sailer claimed to have been awarded on March 19th, 1945. For both awardings, no evidence has up till now been found in the Bundesarchiv or elsewhere and are being seen as non formal awards.
A soldbuch of Seiler which was discovered, contains entries for these decorations. Experts however revealed that both entries most likely are illegal entries, possibly added later (postwar).

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 26th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Panzerjägerabteilung / SS-Division Reich
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 20th, 1942
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen (ohne zahlen), I.Stufe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
Zugführer SS Panzerjäger-Abteilung 9 / 9. SS Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen"
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1944
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 1st, 1945
Nahkampfspange in Silber

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