Weiß, Paul (Grenadier-Regiment 481)

Date of birth:
June 19th, 1913 (Lanz-Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
April 25th, 1945 (Lager Urjupinsk, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Paul Weiß was born on June 29th, 1931 as the son of Lokomotivführer Josef Weiß. After his schooltime he learned the trade of shoemaker. He was drafted in 1939.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 480, 260. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 480, 260. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 27th, 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Corporal)
Unit:
7. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 480, 260. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
6. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 481, 256. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 16th, 1943
Action:
In the time period 13-15.08.1943 the II./Grenadier-Regiment was engaged in a series of hard defensive battles against Soviet tanks and infantry. During this time frame Obergefreite Paul Weiß, with MG in hand, was able to repeatedly fulfill his duty in separating the Soviet infantry from their tanks. Calmly letting the tanks roll over his position, they would then be quickly shot up by supporting Sturmgeschütze. For his bravery in these battles and the contribution to victory this provided, he was awarded the Iron Cross First Class and subsequently the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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