PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Brandner, Josef Wilhelm "Sepp"
Date of birth: September 1st, 1915 (Hohenberg/Lower Austria, Austria)
Date of death:  June 6th, 1996 (Vienna, Austria)
Nationality:  Austrian
BIOGRAPHY: 
Promotions:
24th October 1937: Vormeister in het Österreichisches Bundesheer.
1st October 1938: Obergefreiter in de Wehrmacht.
1st December 1938: Unteroffizier.
1st April 1940: Wachtmeister.
4th May 1940: Offizier Anwärter.
1st June 1942: Oberleutnant.
1st June 1943: Hauptmann.
April 1945: Major.
After the Second World War, Brandner served in the Austrian Army and was awarded with the Croix du Combattant de Europe (1st May 1975) and the Silbernes Verdienstabzeichen der Republik Österreich (7th July 1994).
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Awarded on: October 14th, 1941
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Awarded on: January 16th, 1942
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Awarded on: March 23rd, 1942
 
     
INFANTERIE-STURMABZEICHEN
Awarded on: April 4th, 1942
Details: Silver version.
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
Awarded on: August 1st, 1942
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SILBER
Awarded on: August 21st, 1943
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit: Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 202
Awarded on: September 14th, 1943
Details: Award 442/45.
 
     
EHRENBLATTSPANGE DES HEERES UND WAFFEN-SS
Unit: 2. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 202
Awarded on: September 7th, 1944
Details: 3311th Award.
 
     
(ALLGEMEINES) STURMABZEICHEN "100", IV.STUFE 100
Awarded on: October 20th, 1944
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Hauptman (Captain)
Unit: Kommandeur Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912 / 205.Infanterie-Division/ XXXVIII.Panzer-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Kurland
Awarded on: March 17th, 1945
Details: 4761st Award.
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE
Awarded on: April 11th, 1945
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Major
Unit: Führer Heeres-Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 912 / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Kurland
Awarded on: April 26th, 1945
Details: The awarding of the Eichenlaub is according his own testimony. Although there are photos known with him wearing the Eichenlaub, no official confirmation is known. Based on the presumed date of awarding this should be the 846th Award, however numbring of the officially known awards had stopped after the 843rd Award.
 
     
ÄRMELBAND KURLAND
Awarded on: May 4th, 1945
 
     
MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
     
SPANGE ZUR MEDAILLE ZUR ERINNERUNG AN DEN 1. OKTOBER 1938
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Willi Schumacher Collection
Information source(s):   - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
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- Kurowski, F., Bridgehead Kurland – The six epic battles of Heeresgruppe Kurland, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing Inc., Winnipeg, Canada, 2002
- Ritterkreuztraeger 1939 - 1945
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