Hofbauer, Franz

Date of birth:
March 25th, 1921 (Horn/Lower Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
February 11th, 1994 (Horn/Lower Austria, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Gefreiter (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
3./I./Infanterie-Regiment 132/44. Infanterie-Division
Details:
Awarded in 1941. Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Gruppenführer Radfahr-Abteilung 72/72. Infanterie-Division/XXX. Armeekorps/11. Armee/Heeresgruppe Süd
Details:
Awarded in 1942. Exact date unknown.
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier
Unit:
Gruppenführer Radfahr-Abteilung 72/72. Infanterie-Division/XXX. Armeekorps/11. Armee/Heeresgruppe Süd
Details:
Awarded in 1942. Exact date unknown.
Krimschild (Stiftungs ausführing)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Gruppenführer Radfahr-Abteilung 72/72. Infanterie-Division/XXX. Armeekorps/11. Armee/Heeresgruppe Süd
Details:
Awarded in 1942. Exact date unknown.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
2./72. Infanterie-Division
Details:
Awarded in May 1943. Exact date unknown.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Awarded in the winter of 1943. Exact date unknown.
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 3./Divisions-Bataillon 72/72. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 3./Divisions-Bataillon 72/72. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
January 20th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 3./Füsilier-Bataillon 72/72. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Berger, F., Ritterkreuzträger aus Österreich und den k.u.k. Kronländern, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2006
    - Berger, F., Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2004

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