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Stuppi, Joseph

Date of birth:
January 16th, 1896 (St. Wendel, Germany)
Date of death:
July 11th, 1978 (Göttingen, Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Kommandeur II./Infanterie-Regiment 94
Awarded on:
February 2nd, 1942
Stuppi's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...

"Major Stuppi (at the time subordinated to the Jäger-Regiment 415) was on 12.01.1942 ordered to proceed from Meshniki southwards towards Roweny-Mosty in order to link up with the encircled II./Jäger-Regiment 415 and the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 32. After going for 2 km he encountered an unexpected group of enemy marching to the west. This was possible due to the gap in the frontlines that had been created on 11.01.1942 near Manakowo. Major Stuppi made the independent decision to attack the enemy group and seal off the march route to the east, thus cutting off the supply route of the enemy to the west. About 30 sleds loaded with food and oats were captured, and in the attack about 150-200 Bolsheviks were killed. Thereafter, under the protection of Battalion Stuppi, the reinforced II./Jäger-Regiment 415 and the Aufklärungs-Abteilung 32 managed to fight their way back to Meshniki. Against strong enemy attacks and encirclement attempts Major Stuppi managed to hold his newly won gains until ordered to withdraw on the night of 14-15.01.1942. He did so masterfully and unnoticed by the enemy, and pulled out just in time to defeat the new Soviet breakthrough attempt north of Vatolino (near Medyanki) in the morning of 15.01.1942 and take up defensive positions there."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes