- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
- Kommandeur Flak-Regiment 46 (Motorisiert)
- Awarded on:
- January 14th, 1945
Received the Knight's Cross for the leadership of his Flak-Regiment during the battle of Arnhem. The following report by the 4. Flak-Division, dated 27.10.1944, describes the successes that formed the basis of the award...
"In the fighting against enemy airborne troops in the Arnhem-Nijmegen area Oberst von Svoboda has led his Flakkampfgruppe (with a strength of about 1000 men) with exemplary personal courage and outstanding bravery. As a frontline commander he has brought out the utmost from his troops and with them has accomplished outstanding achievements...
Successes: As commander of Flak-Regiment 46, 64 planes shot down. In the Arnhem/Nijmegen area: 40 4/2-engined aircraft, 10 gliders and 3 AT guns destroyed. Oosterbeek district cleared, Oosterbeek pocket eliminated, heavy losses inflicted on Polish airborne Brigade around Driel, prevention of crossings over the Rhine from the south, disruption of the corridor to Nijmegen, covering the retreat of the Panzergruppe of Major Knausch (9. SS-Pz.Div.), freeing the encircled SS-Gruppenstab Balster."