|Born||13 April 1926|
|Died||28 January 1945(aged 18)|
|Place of birth||Lutter|
|Place of death||Arnsfelde|
|Years of service||1939–45|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Albert Plapper (13 April 1926 – 28 January 1945) was a German infantryman and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross during World War II. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
Career[edit | edit source]
Gefreiter Plapper was serving with the Fallschirm-Panzer-Division "HG" when it fought in East Prussia in October 1944. At the time he was a squad leader in the division's second Panzergrenadier regiment. During a large Soviet assault in his sector an MG crew was knocked out by enemy fire, and Plapper took over the weapon and repelled the attack. The Russians later renewed their attack, this time with armour support. Plapper counterattacked their open flank with five men, firing his MG from the hip, however additional Russian tanks threatened to break through his positions nonetheless. Using a Panzerschreck Plapper destroyed five Russian tanks and finally brought the attack to a halt. For his decisive role in preventing a Russian breakthrough, Plapper was awarded the Knight's Cross later that year.
Awards & decorations[edit | edit source]
- Iron Cross
- 2nd Class
- 1st Class
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 30 November 1944 as Gruppenführer 4./Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Hermann Göring"
References[edit | edit source]
Citations[edit | edit source]
- Kurowski, Franz (1995). The History of the Fallschirm Panzerkorps Hermann Göring. J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc. p. 320.
Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.