Franz Augsberger

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Franz Augsberger
Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Weyer-024-05A, Fritz Klingenberg (r.).jpg
Franz Augsberger (left), Fritz Klingenberg
Born (1905-10-10)10 October 1905
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died 19 March 1945(1945-03-19) (aged 39)
near Neustadt, Oberschlesien
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Rank SS-Brigadeführer
Commands held 20.Waffen-GrenDiv der SS (estnische Nr.1)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Xaver Josef Maria Augsberger (10 October 1905 – 19 March 1945) was a Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was killed in action in March 1945.


Born in Austria in 1905, Franz Augsberger join the Sturmabteilung (SA) on and the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in 1930. He was in charge of the NSDAP's propaganda until June 1933, when the NSDAP was declared illegal in Austria. Augsberger moved to Germany and joined the SS in 1932. He served with the Austrian Legion from April 1932 to October 1933. In 1934 Augsberger joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS Dispositional Troops; SS-VT). He attended and then taught at an SS training school until March 1939, when he was transferred SS regiment Der Führer.

Augsberger was appointed commander of a regiment in the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord. In April 1942 he was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer and awarded the German Cross in Gold. In October 1942 Augsberger was appointed commander of 3 Estonian SS Volunteer Brigade. In January 1944 the brigade was enlarged to form the 20. Estnische SS-Freiwilligen-Division and in May 1944 the 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian) respectively, with Augsberger remaining the unit's commander. Augsberger was mentioned in the daily Wehrmachtbericht on 9 March 1944.

Augsberger commanded the division during the long retreat of the German forces on the Eastern Front. In early March he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross by filed marshal Ferdinand Schörner for the division's role in the battle at at the Upper Silesian city of Oppeln. On 19 March, he was killed in action during an attempt to break out of a subsequent encirclement at Oppeln.

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  1. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 19.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 196.


  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (2001). Crumbling Empire: The German Defeat in the East, 1944. Westport, CT: Praeger. ISBN 978-0-275-96856-4. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • 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. 
  • Yerger, Mark C (1997). Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, Corps and Divisional Leaders of a Legend: Augsberger to Kreutz. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7643-0356-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Commander of 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nordland"
22 March 1943 – 1 May 1943
Succeeded by
SS-Gruppenführer Fritz von Scholz