Franz Schmitz

Franz Schmitz
Born (1918-10-12)12 October 1918
Bonn
Died 10 June 1985(1985-06-10) (aged 66)
Inden
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938–1945
1956–1962
Rank Sanitäts-Unteroffizier (Wehrmacht)
Oberstabsfeldwebel (Bundeswehr)
Unit 279th Grenadier Regiment
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Franz Schmitz (12 October 1918 – 10 June 1985) was a highly decorated German Sanitäts-Unteroffizier in the Wehrmacht during World War II and an Oberstabsfeldwebel in the Bundeswehr. 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 recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He is remembered especially for his medical care and rescue of wounded German soldiers (roughly 2,000), along with his care for wounded Russian soldiers isolated on the battlefield. Franz Schmitz joined the Bundeswehr in 1956 and served until 1962.

Awards

References

Citations
Bibliography
  • Kurowski, Franz. 2005."Infantry Aces:The German Soldier in Combat in WWII". Mechanicsburg PA, USA.StackPole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3202-4

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Ritterkreuztraeger 1939-1945

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