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Sametreiter, Kurt

Date of birth:
April 9th, 1922 (Böckstein, Austria)
Date of death:
January 28th, 2017
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 3.(schw.)/SS-PzJägAbt 1 "LSSAH"
Awarded on:
July 31st, 1943
Sametreiter's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"On the 11.07.1943, SS-Oberscharführer Sametreiter was with his Zug and the II./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 1 LSSAH in the attack on Swch. Stalinks and forest located south of there. During a night battle they threw the enemy out of Sowchose.

On the 12.07.1943 at 06:30 hours the enemy advanced out of Jamki and Storostrowoje with around 40 tanks and supporting infantry, and these counter attacked Sowchose Stalinks and Hill 245.9. SS-Oberscharführer and Zugführer Sametreiter, with 4 of his self-propelled 7.5cm guns, was able to prevent an enemy breakthrough through his determined leadership. Making his own decision, Sametreiter went with his Platoon past our outermost infantry line and out towards the enemy tanks, continuously shooting at them for over an hour. In the end he and his platoon destroyed a total of 24 enemy tanks. All of his Platoon then shot at the enemy infantry with their high-explosive rounds and this caused them to retreat.

After they had fired all of their shells, he gave the order for his vehicles to drive against the enemy infantry and give further cover to our own men. It is due to his determined leadership that the tank attack was defeated. The Platoon of Sametreiter gave combat covering fire to the men."
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