Spielmann, Johann

Date of birth:
December 29th, 1916 (Laufenburg/Baden, Germany)
Date of death:
August 14th, 2005 (Laufenburg/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 13th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 30th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Zugführer I.Zug / 1. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197 / XXXXI.Panzerkorps
Awarded on:
March 27th, 1942
Action:
Awarded in recognition of the successes achieved both by himself and his platoon. Between 13-15.03.1942 Spielmann and his platoon destroyed 34 enemy tanks (including six heavy ones), disabled 2 more, and also eliminated an enemy artillery battery and AT gun. With this Spielmann raised his personal total of tanks destroyed to 35. Not only this, but Spielmann was also able to intervene decisively against the attempted enemy breakthroughs in the same time period, on the 14th near Koi Assan and on the 15th west of Korpetsch.
Details:
940th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1942
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Action:
Received for actions on March 13th and 14th near Tulumtschak.
Details:
870th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 197
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1942
Action:
For an action on June 8th 1942 near Kamyschly.
Details:
1069th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 202 / 227.Infanterie-Division / VI.SS-Freiwilligen Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1945
Action:
Awarded following the successes of his brigade in the third battle of Courland. During this battle the 202nd participated in the most critical battle sectors south of Frauenburg and north of Doblen, and in three days destroyed 44 enemy tanks and 10 AT guns. With this the total no. of tanks destroyed by the brigade rose to 1017.

The award of the Oakleaves was also in recognition of Spielmann's personal successes. During the fighting in Courland he always led his Sturmgeschütze from the front, and by the time he received the award he had raised his tally of enemy tanks destroyed to 48.
Details:
804st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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