Pietschmann, Karl

    Date of birth:
    August 20th, 1917 (Straussnitz, Austrian-Hungarian Empire)
    Date of death:
    March 19th, 1944 (Kovel/Northwestern Ukrain, Soviet Union)
    Nationality:
    Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

    Biography

    When Karl Pietschman was born on August 20th, 1917, his place of birth Straussnitz was part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. After the First World War, the place was part of the newly formed state of Czechoslovakia. Pietschmann was part of the German language minority in that region.

    Karl was the son of the farmersfamily of Karl and Anna Peitschmann, a family with seven children. After his school, he worked as an assistent salesman end joined the SA. In 1938 he entered the Werhmacht and was placed with the V. / Infanterie-Regiment 57 / 9.Infanterie-Division.

    With this unit he took part in the May/June 1940 campaign in the West and form 1941 at the Eastern Front. Later he was send to the Stabskompanie. He was killed in action on March 19th, 1944.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 17th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 4th, 1942
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
    Unit:
    Zugführer Pionierzug / Stabskompanie / Grenadier-Regiment 57
    Awarded on:
    June 9th, 1944
    Details:
    Awarded posthumously.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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