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Erich Brauneis

Erich Brauneis
Born (1894-03-16)16 March 1894
Died 20 August 1954(1954-08-20) (aged 60)
Allegiance  Austria-Hungary (1913–1918)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Austro-Hungarian Navy
Years of service 1913–1919, 1938–1945
Rank Fregattenkapitän
Unit SMS Erzherzog Karl
SMS Erzherzog Friedrich
German battleship Schleswig-Holstein
Commands held 17. Landungsflottille
21. Landungsflottille
24. Landungsflottille

World War I

World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Erich Franz Brauneis (16 March 1894 – 20 August 1954) was a Fregattenkapitän with the Kriegsmarine during World War II and a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
25 November 1944 (addendum) In den sieben Wochen andauernden Kämpfen um die Insel Oesel und den letzten Gefechten auf Sworbe haben sich Sicherungsverbände der Kriegsmarine unter Führung von Fregattenkapitän Brauneis und Korvettenkapitän Kiefer beim Schutz der Küste durch erfolgreiche Abwehr überlegender sowjetischer Seestreitkräfte ausgezeichnet. Besondere Anerkennung verdienen hierbei die seemännischen Leistungen der Besatzungen unserer Kampffähren und Räumboote unter Führung des Chefs der 9. Sicherungsdivision, Fregattenkapitän von Blanc.[4] In the seven week long battle for the island Oesel and the last fight on Sworbe, security detachments of the Navy under the command of Lieutenant Commander Brauneis and Commander Kiefer distinguished themselves by successfully defending the coast against superior Soviet naval forces. Special recognition here deserves the maritime achievements of our combat crews of our combat ferries and minesweepers under the leadership of the chief of the 9th Security Division, Commander von Blanc.



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