Augsberger, Franz Xaver Josef Maria "Franz"

    Date of birth:
    October 10th, 1905 (Vienna, Austria)
    Date of death:
    March 19th, 1945 (Neustadt/Upper Silesia, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Franz Augsberger finally reached the rank of SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor der Waffen-SS.
    He was killed on March 19th 1945 by Soviet anti-tank gun fire while leading his divisional staff in a breakout from Soviet encirclement.

    NSDAP-Nr.: 360 700 (Joined October 30th 1930)
    SS-Nr.: 139 528 (Joined April 20th 1932)

    Promotions:
    April 20th 1932 SS-Anwärter
    February 1934 SS-Mann
    April 20th 1934 SS-Unterschrführer
    June 1st 1934 SS-Oberscharführer
    April 1st 1935 SS-Hauptscharführer (another source gives April 20th 1935)
    January 30th 1936 SS-Standartenoberjunker
    April 20th 1936 SS-Untersturmführer (effective from June 1st 1935)
    July 1st 1936 SS-Obersturmführer
    June 1st 1937 SS-Hauptsturmführer
    August 1st 1939 SS-Sturmbannführer
    March 21st 1940 SS-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS (effective from June 1st 1937)
    December 1st 1941 SS-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS (effective from August 1st 1939)
    April 20th 1942 SS-Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS (effective from April 1st 1942)
    July 1st 1943 SS-Standartenführer der Waffen-SS (effective from June 21st 1943)
    January 30th 1944 SS-Oberführer der Waffen-SS
    May 25th 1944 SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (effective from June 21st 1944)

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
    Awarded on:
    December 16th, 1935
    Julleuchter der SS
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    December 1st, 1937
    DRL Sportabzeichen in Bronze
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    December 1st, 1937
    Bronzes SA-Sportabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    December 1st, 1937
    Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    December 1st, 1937
    SS-Ehrenring
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    1938
    Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    July 4th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    September 15th, 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
    Awarded on:
    December 1st, 1941
    Vapaudenristin 3.luokka (VR 3)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
    Awarded on:
    January 15th, 1942
    Details:
    Bronze version.
    Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Sturmbannführer
    Unit:
    Führer SS-Infanterie-Regiment 7 (motorisiert)
    Awarded on:
    May 30th, 1942
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Sturmbannführer (Major)
    Awarded on:
    July 20th, 1942
    Medaille
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer (Colonel)
    Awarded on:
    October 30th, 1943
    Vapaudenristin 2.luokka (VR 2)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberführer
    Awarded on:
    March 9th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (Brigadier)
    Awarded on:
    1945
    Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Kommandeur 20.SS-Grenadier-Division (Estnischer Nr. 1) / Heeresgruppe Mitte
    Awarded on:
    March 8th, 1945
    Details:
    Recommended on February 16th 1945 and signed by OB Heeresgruppe Mitte, Generalfeldmarschall Ferdinand Schörner; approved by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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