Elbl, Josef

Date of birth:
March 26th, 1893 (Pilsen/Bohemia, Austria-Hungary/k.u.k. Monarchy)
Date of death:
November 10th, 1943 (Kiev Oblast/Ukraine, USSR)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Infanterie-Regiment 330/183. Infanterie-Division
Awarded in 1940. Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Infanterie-Regiment 330/183. Infanterie-Division
Awarded in 1940. Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Infanterie-Regiment 351/183. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
March 7th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 330/183. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1943
During the fighting northwest of Orel in July 1943 Oberst Elbl took over a sector where the Soviets had broken in between the 211. and 293. Infanterie-Divisionen. Through his courageous and determined actions he prevented a breakthrough by far larger enemy forces, with his Regiment holding off Soviet attacks for days. When the Soviets did succeed in penetrating the lines on the 23.07.1943 and proceed to threaten a road in the rear of his Regiment, Oberst Elbl launched a counterattack with 3 Sturmgeschützen, elements of his regimental staff and a handful of other weak reserves. With this force he succeeded in pushing the enemy back in bitter close combat. He would be awarded the Knight’s Cross for this action.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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