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Schnaubelt, Alois

* January 16th, 1921 (Wachtel, Czechoslovakia)

+December 11th, 2012 (Gelsenkirchen/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Awarded Knights Cross: 16.11.1944

as: Unterscharführer 3. (Batterie)/ Flak-Abteilung Kommandeur 5(Batterie) / 5. Panzer-Division “Wiking” / Heeresgruppe Mitte

Postwar signed photo measuring 4” x 6”

On September 3, 1940 Schnaubelt was assigned to the 4th Battery of the Flak Division 2. After completion of military training, he was relocated on 1 December 1940 to the 3rd Battery of the Flak Division 5 of the 5th Panzer Grenadier Division "Wiking" .

At the beginning of the campaign in Russia, Schnaubelt came with his division in the southern section of the Eastern Front.

Schnaubelt, was the commander of a 88 mm gun in the 5th Flak Battalion Wiking. He was credited with the destruction of 9 T-34 tanks within 25 minutes. For this act of valor on the battlefield Schnaubelt was awarded the Knight's Cross on 16 November 1944

Schnaubelt’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“On the 20.10.1944 Unterscharführer Schnaubelt, gun commander of an 8.8 cm cannon, distinguished himself through his cold-bloodedness and bravery.

After heavy artillery preparation the Soviets succeeded in breaking through the lines of the neighbouring Division with 15 tanks and a battalion of infantry. Schnaubelt and his gun were attached to a Flak group from the 3./Flak-Abt. 5, and dispatched to the edge of Karolino (4 km west of Serok) to provide security for the area. Despite lacking infantry support, the small Kampfgruppe took up the fight against the enemy group that had broken through. Schnaubelt, who himself took up position as gunner, was able to destroy 9 enemy tanks in 25 minutes and disperse the enemy infantry with high-explosive rounds. As a result the attack of the Russians in this area was halted.”

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