Josef Brandner

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Josef Brandner
Born (1915-09-01)1 September 1915
Hohenberg, Lower Austria
Died 6 June 1996(1996-06-06) (aged 80)
Vienna
Allegiance Austria First Austrian Republic (to 1938)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1936–45
Rank Major
Unit Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Austrian Armed Forces

Josef Wilhelm Brandner (1 September 1915 – 6 June 1996) was a highly decorated German panzer ace in the Wehrmacht during World War II who was one of only 882 recipients who were awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Awards and decorations

Notes

  1. According to Scherzer as commander of Heeres-Sturmartillerie-Brigade 912.[5]
  2. No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Josef Brandner's own account he received the Oak Leaves from the commanding general of the XXXVIII. Armeekorps, General der Artillerie Kurt Herzog in the Courland Pocket. He didn't mention a date for the presentation. Presumably pictures showing him with Oak Leaves exist. The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) assumes a direct presentation from Berlin. The presentation date is also an assumption by the AKCR. A presentation of the Oak Leaves only four to five weeks after the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross is very unlikely. The German Federal Archives holds numerous records of nominations which have been rejected on the grounds that a high-ranking military award had just been presented. Brandner was a member of the AKCR.[7]

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Thomas & Wegmann 1985, p. 48.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Thomas 1997, p. 73.
  3. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 56.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 142, 487.
  5. Scherzer 2007, p. 239.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
  7. Scherzer 2007, p. 123.

Bibliography

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  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz; Wegmann, Günter (1985). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil I: Sturmartillerie (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1447-2. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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