Pizala, Josef

Date of birth:
May 28th, 1911 (Kleinenberg/Westphalia, Germany)
Date of death:
October 14th, 1941 (Krasnoje Selo, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 2. / Flak-Regiment 111 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1941
Action:
On 08.10.1941 the Soviets launched a major assault on the positions of the German 58. Infanterie-Division, which was positioned on the Baltic coast near Urizk. The attacking force consisted of about 50 tanks. Among the defending troops present were Hauptmann Pizala and his 2./Flak-Regiment 111, equipped with 8.8 cm Flak guns. Pizala ordered his guns to go into position and in a short time they destroyed 25 enemy tanks. Of these, Pizala personally destroyed 9 at a range of 150-200 metres as the gunner of one of his cannons. For this action, as well as his previous accomplishments in the Western campaign, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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