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Paul Trabandt
Born 24 October 1913
Died 27 July 1991(1991-07-27) (aged 77)
Place of birth Reinfeld, Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel Waffen SS
Years of service 1939–1944
Rank Hauptscharführer
Unit 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
General Assault Badge
Eastern Front Medal 1941/42
Sudetenland Medal
Anschluss Medal

Paul Trabandt was a Hauptscharführer in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. This was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Paul Trabandt was born on the 24 October 1913, in Reinfeld. He volunteered to join the SS-VT and was involved in the Anschluss of Austria and the occupation of the Sudetenland.

He was awarded the Knight's Cross in October 1943, when a platoon commander in the 2nd Battery, 5th SS Panzerjager Battalion, 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking, while serving on the Eastern Front.

He survived the war and died on the 23 August 1991.


Further readingEdit

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3384-X
  • Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8117-2905-2
  • Mitcham Samuel, The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45,Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3371-8
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