Schnaubelt, Alois

Date of birth:
January 16th, 1921 (Wachtel, Czechoslovakia)
Date of death:
December 11th, 2012 (Gelsenkirchen/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 12th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Unterscharführer
Unit:
3. (Batterie)/SS-Flak-Abteilung Kommandeur 5(Batterie) / 5.SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking” / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Action:
Schnaubelt’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“On 20.10.1944 SS-Unterscharführer Schnaubelt, gun commander of an 8.8 cm cannon, distinguished himself through his cold-bloodedness and bravery.

After heavy artillery preparation the Soviets succeeded in breaking through the lines of the neighbouring Division with 15 tanks and a battalion of infantry. Schnaubelt and his gun were attached to a Flak group from the 3./SS-Flak-Abt. 5, and dispatched to the edge of Karolino (4 km west of Serok) to provide security for the area. Without infantry support the small Kampfgruppe took up the fight against the enemy group that had broken through. Schnaubelt, who himself took up position as gunner, was able to destroy 9 enemy tanks in 25 minutes and disperse the enemy infantry with high-explosive rounds. As a result the attack of the Russians in this area was halted.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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