Stäudle, Ernst

Date of birth:
June 6th, 1913 (Heidenheim an der Brenz/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
July 11th, 1946 (POW-camp Jaworzno/Silesia,. Poland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer der Reserve (Staff Sergeant of Reserves)
Unit:
V.B. 8. / SS-Artillerie-Regiment "Totenkopf"
Awarded on:
April 10th, 1942
Action:
Stäudle's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"SS-Oberscharführer Stäudle was in position on the night of 26th and 27th of February 1942, fighting near Schumilkino. He was a forward observer, watching the fire of his artillery battery against an enemy attack running from the west, with artillery and mortar support. In the course of the attack, the Soviets succeeded in approaching the village with 50 men. From our own forces there were only a few weak men to hold this area. These men pushed against the enemy as if fighting in Battalion strength and successfully put the Russians to flight.

In this critical situation, and himself suffering from a heavy wound, Stäudle ordered the rest of the men to defend against this Russian attack, using their 3.7cm Flak firing at short range. Through the halting of this attack, the Russian plans were affected and they arrived piecemeal in Salutschje.

I ask for the award of the Knight's Cross to the Iron Cross in recognition of his successful and decisive actions."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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