Oskar Schäfer

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Oskar Schäfer
Nickname(s) Fritz
Born (1921-01-16)16 January 1921
Nixdorf, Sudetenland
Died 22 November 2011(2011-11-22) (aged 90)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
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

Oskar Schäfer (16 January 1921 – 22 November 2011) was a Waffen-SS officer during World War II, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He died in 2011.

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.

In April 1945, he was with the 503rd SS Heavy Panzer Battalion during the Battle of Berlin. Schäfer was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 29 April, 1945.[1]


  1. ^ Forty, George (2009).Tiger Tank Battalions in World War II, Zenith Press, p. 103. ISBN 978-0760330494.