Kleffner, Franz

    Date of birth:
    June 2nd, 1907 (Altena/Wesphalia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    March 16th, 1945 (Sakeresztes, Hungary)
    Buried on:
    War Cemetery Sopron
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Franz Kleffner was killed on March 16th, 1945 in Sakeresztes, Hungary, as Kommandeur SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 "Theodor Eicke".

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur SS-Kradschützen-Bataillon "Totenkopf"
    Awarded on:
    February 19th, 1942
    Action:
    The following telex contains the second forwarding of Kleffner’s Knight’s Cross recommendation. It reads as follows…

    “SS-Sturmbannführer Kleffner, commander of Kampfgruppe Bjakowo, has been fighting at the head of a weak motley of forces at a decisive position for more than two weeks against a much superior foe. Throughout this time he has distinguished himself by his brave and exemplary devotion to duty. Despite being encircled multiple times, he has up until now repelled all enemy attacks (even those supported by heavy armour) and inflicted heavy losses in men and materiel upon the enemy.

    I support this recommendation.”
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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