Pizala, Josef

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


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
Chef 2. / Flak-Regiment 111 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
October 17th, 1941
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.
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes