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Josef Heichele

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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Commands held  Fuselier-Battalion 129
Name  Josef Heichele
Rank  Major
Years of service  1935–45
Other work  Police Officer
Service/branch  German Army
Born  15 October 1914 Lauingen (1914-10-15)
Battles/wars  World War II Operation Barbarossa Battles of Rzhev Operation Bagration Bobruysk Offensive East Prussian Offensive
Died  November 8, 2001, Fussen, Germany
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  Operation Barbarossa, Battles of Rzhev

Josef Heichele

Josef Heichele (15 October 1914 – 8 November 2001) 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

  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class (15 August 1941)
  • 1st Class (6 November 1941)
  • Wound Badge
  • in Black (?)
  • in Silver (?)
  • Infantry Assault Badge
  • Eastern Front Medal
  • Close Combat Clasp
  • in Bronze (?)
  • in Silver (?)
  • 3 Tank Destruction Badges for Individual Combatants
  • German Cross in Gold on 14 February 1943 as Oberleutnant in the II./Grenadier-Regiment 430
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knight's Cross on 31 January 1944 as Hauptmann and leader of Divisions-Fuselier-Battalion (A.A.) 129
  • 742nd Oak Leaves on 17 February 1945 as Major and commander of Fuselier-Battalion 129
  • References

    Josef Heichele Wikipedia

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