Paletta, Harry

Date of birth:
August 29th, 1922 (Scholastikowo, West Prussia, Poland)
Date of death:
November 17th, 1944 (near Batina, Yugoslavia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1007 "Prinz Eugen" / 7. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgsjäger-Division "Prinz Eugen"
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1944
Action:
Paletta’s Knight’s Cross recommendation, written by General der Infanterie Felber, reads as follows…

“SS-Obersturmführer Paletta, as commander of the SS-Sturmgeschütz-Batterie of the SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 7 (SS-Gebirgs-Division “Prinz Eugen”), has overseen the destruction of 31 T-34s in just 4 days. He alone destroyed 10 T-34s with his Sturmgeschütz. The other 21 tanks were knocked out by his subordinate Sturmgeschütz crews.

Throughout this decisive success he repeatedly demonstrated great personal daring and bravery. And by it he permitted the formation of a bridgehead over the Save river according to plan, which was held until the arrival of those divisions fighting south of Belgrade.”

To this was added a note of approval by Generalfeldmarschall Freiherr von Weichs…

“I support this recommendation. As a result of the destruction of 31 enemy tanks by SS-Obersturmführer Paletta and his subordinated Sturmgeschütze the Belgrade bridgehead could be held long enough for the hard pressed troops south of here to retreat over the Save.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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