Ernst Tiburzy

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Ernst Tiburzy
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Ernst Tiburzy
Born 26 December 1911
Drosdowen near Marggrabowa, East Prussia
Died 14 November 2004(2004-11-14) (aged 92)
Papenburg
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Volkssturm
Rank Battalion Commander comparable to Major
Commands held Volkssturm-Btl. 25/82 in fortress Königsberg
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Ernst Tiburzy (26 December 1911 – 14 November 2004) was a German Volkssturm-Bataillonsführer[1] who received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his performance fighting alone and the destruction of five[2] or nine[3] T-34s with Panzerfausts during the defense of Königsberg on February 10, 1945. He is one of only four Volkssturm members to have been awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He was mentioned in the addendum of the Wehrmachtbericht on 3 February 1945.

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 February 1945 (Addendum) In den harten Abwehrkämpfen um den äußeren Verteidigungsring von Königsberg vernichtete der Batterieführer im Volkssturm Ernst Tilbursy mit der Panzerfaust fünf sowjetische Panzer.[4] In the tough defensive battles around the outer defensive ring of Königsberg the battery commander in the Volkssturm Ernst Tilbursy destroyed five Soviet tanks with the Panzerfaust (bazooka).

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 - 1945
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 423, 506.
  3. ^ Tiburzy
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 575.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2.