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Stabsfeldwebel August Spillner

German Cross in Gold - 23.11.44
Iron Cross I Class - 5.10.1941
Iron Cross II Class - ?
Wound Badge in Black - ?
Panzerkampfabzeichen - ?
A photo of his Award document for the German Cross in Gold can be found in the book "Retake Arnhem Bridge" by Gerritsen & Revell on page 111 (ISBN 978-90-812703-3-5)

Nothing seems to have been documented about Oberfeldwebel August Spillner in the many reference articles written about the Battle of Arnhem. However this soldier must have done a courageous act as he was the winner of the German Cross in Gold as part of the Kampfgruppe 'Knaust' during the Battle of Arnhem.

His whole career was spent between the two same units during the war. At the start of the war he was with Infantry Regiment 79 which changed to Schützen Regiment 79 where he remained until October 1942. This unit fought on the Eastern Front and it is where Spillner would have won the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class. Possibly wounded he was sent to Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz Battalion 64 after recovery as perhaps a member of the cadre staff. He remained with this unit until May 1943 where he was sent back to his original unit (now Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 79). Possibly wounded again he was back with Panzer-Grenadier-Ersatz Battalion 64 just prior to the battle of Arnhem where he was a member of the 1./Kampfgruppe Knaust. August Spillner finishes the war as Stabsfeldwebel and the holder of the German Cross in Gold.

Oberfeldwebel August Spillner was awarded both the Iron Cross I & II Class, the Wound Badge in Black, the Panzerkampfabzeichen (Panzer Assault Badge) and the German Cross in Gold. From photos it can be seen he was also awarded the 4 year service medal and the Eastern Front Medal.

Shown below was the German Equivalent of a Gazette which officially listed the awards won by Soldiers and Officer of the German Armed Forces. This list was from Mitte (middle) November 1944. Spillner's Name is the third last name on the left.













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