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Albrecht, Oskar

Date of birth:
September 24th, 1914 (Abtsbessingen/Schwarzburg-Sondershausen, Germany)
Date of death:
November 13th, 1992 (Wallhausen an der Helme/Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
Geschützführer 14.(Panzer-Jäger) / Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) 15 / 29.Infanterie-Division "Falke" / 2. Panzer-Gruppe / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1941
Oskar Albrecht was an Pak gun commander during the opening moves of Operation Barbarossa. On the 30.06.1941, during the combat in the Zelwianka sector, his Regiment came under attack by about 35 Soviet tanks. Albrecht and his gun crew proved to be up to their assigned role however, and at a range of 30-70 meters his gun destroyed 3 Soviet heavy tanks and immobilized 2 more. When his gun was temporarily disabled through battle damage, Albrecht destroyed a 6th Soviet tank in close combat with hand grenades. By destroying these 6 tanks he deprived the attacking Soviet forces of resolve for a further attack, and the result was that a penetration into his Regiment’s right flank was prevented. Albrecht would later be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this battlefield achievement.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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