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16 January 1921|
|Died||22 November 2011(aged 90)|
|Years of service||1939–45|
|Rank||Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant)|
|Unit||103 SS Heavy Panzer Battalion|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Schäfer was born on 16 January 1921 in Nixdorf in the Sudetenland. After completing his high school education in November 1938, he volunteered to join the SS-VT. He took part in the Polish Campaign, the Battle of France and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941.
- Forty, George (2009).Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II, Zenith Press, p. 103. ISBN 978-0760330494.