Franz Berger (officer)
|Born||6 August 1916
|Died||29 November 1942
|Allegiance|| First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
|Years of service||1937–42|
|Rank||Hauptmann of the Reserves (Posthumously)|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Franz Berger (6 August 1916 – 29 November 1942) was a highly decorated Hauptmann of the Reserves 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 Berger was killed on 29 November 1942 during the Battle of Stalingrad. He was posthumously promoted to Hauptmann of the Reserves.
Awards and decorations
- Sudetenland Medal with Prague Castle Bar (29 October 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (26 September 1939)
- 1st Class (15 June 1940)
- Wound Badge (1939)
- in Black
- Infantry Assault Badge
- Eastern Front Medal (12 September 1942)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 19 July 1940 as Feldwebel and Stoßtruppenführer (shock troops leader) of the 11./Infanterie-Regiment 130
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- 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.