Franz Danowski

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Franz Danowski
Born 18 February 1917
Berlin
Died 10 October 1944(1944-10-10) (aged 27)
Western Front
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937 - 1945
Rank Hauptmann (Posthumously)
Unit Panzergrenadier-Regiment 111
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Danowski (18 February 1917 – 10 October 1944) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Franz Danowski was severely wounded on 10 October 1944 on the Western Front. He died at the field hospital near Saint-Dié-des-Vosges the same day. He was posthumously promoted to Oberleutnant on 15 November 1944 and Hauptmann on 15 December 1944.

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Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 October 1944 (addendum) Bei den Kämpfen im Raum südlich Chateau-Salins hat sich Leutnant Danowski, Kompanieführer in einem Panzergrenadier-Regiment als Stoßtruppführer besonders ausgezeichnet.[3] In combat in the area south of Chateau-Salins, Second Lieutenant Danowski, company commander in a mechanized infantry regiment has especially distinguished himself as a shock troops leader.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Scherzer 2010, p. 71.
  2. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 133.
  3. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, pp. 273–274.
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. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2010). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil XI: Pioniertruppe—Band 1: A–K (in German). Bissendorf, Germany: Biblio Verlag. ISBN 3-7648-2398-4.
  • 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. 

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