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Abel, Josef (Infanterie-Regiment 217)

Date of birth:
January 3rd, 1914 (Bad Kissingen/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
December 1st, 1984 (Donauwörth/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Last military rank: Oberleutnant

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 7. / Infanterie-Regiment 217
Awarded on:
November 23rd, 1941
The following wartime excerpt describes why Abel was awarded the Knight’s Cross…

“Through a combination of correct decision-making, swift action and extraordinary bravery, Oberfeldwebel Abel enabled the key point of the Staro—Shiwotow defensive position to be held without the employment of the Bataillon reserve. By doing this he significantly contributed to the Regiment’s ability to go over to the attack on the following day and inflict a devastating blow upon the enemy in the process. I therefore hold Oberfeldwebel Abel as worthy of being awarded the Knight’s Cross for this deed.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 26th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 22nd, 1943
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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