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Johannes Spielmann

Johannes Spielmann
Born (1916-12-29)29 December 1916
Died 14 August 2005(2005-08-14) (aged 88)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1937–45
Rank Major
Unit Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197
Commands held Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 202

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Johannes Spielmann[Note 1] (29 December 1916 – 14 August 2005) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of 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

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
Sunday, 15 March 1942 Bei den Kämpfen auf der Halbinsel Kertsch hat ein Zug einer Sturmgeschützabteilung unter Führung von Leutnant Spielmann am 13. und 14. März 14 feindliche Panzer abgeschossen.[5] In the battles on the Kerch Peninsula, a platoon of an assault gun battalion under the command of Second Lieutenant Spielmann has destroyed 14 enemy tanks on 13 and 14 March.
Saturday, 13 June 1942 Bei den Kämpfen vor Sewastopol haben sich der Ritterkreuzträger Oberleutnant Spielmann, Batteriechef in einer Sturmgeschützabteilung, und Oberleutnant Frank, Kompaniechef in einem Infanterieregiment, durch besondere Tapferkeit ausgezeichnet.[6] In the battles at Sevastopol have the Knight's Cross recipient First Lieutenant Spielmann, battery commander in an assault gun battalion, and First Lieutenant Frank, a company commander in an infantry regiment, distinguished themselves by exceptional bravery.


  1. ^ According to Thomas name is Johann (Hans) Spielmann.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Thomas 1998, p. 334.
  2. ^ a b c d e Thomas and Wegmann 1985, p. 266.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 329.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 83.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 57.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, pp. 158–159.

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  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Ritterkreuztrager 1939-1945
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