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SS-Hauptsturmfuher Viktor Eberhardt Graebner
Old 07-26-2006, 10:28 PM   #1
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Default SS-Hauptsturmfuher Viktor Eberhardt Graebner

I was wondering if anyone had any detailed info and / or photos on SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Viktor Eberhardt Graebner, 9th SS Panser Reconnaissance Battalion Hohenstaufen. He is a friend of mines uncle an Iam trying to gather any data I can for him. I know he was killed at the Arnhem Bridge leading an attack against the British and is shown in the movie "A Bridge To Far" where he was killed on the 18th September 1944 and is buried in the German War Cemetary in Ysselsteyn, Holland.
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Old 07-27-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
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Some very basic data on this officer:

Viktor-Eberhard Gräbner >>
SS-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS >>
* 24.05.1914 in Borsdorf bei Leipzig / Kreis Grimma / Sachsen. >>
+ 18.09.1944 in Arnhem, Netherlands (killed in action as Kdr. SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9 [shot in the chest at approximately 0730 hrs. while leading his troops in an assault on the British-defended bridge at Arnhem]). >>
NSDAP-Nr.: Unknown (Joined 04.10.1937)>>
SS-Nr.: 347 912 (Joined 04.10.1937) >>
00.00.193_ SS-Mann >>
00.00.193_ Unteroffizier und Reserveoffizieranwärter >>
24.05.1938 Wachtmeister >>
05.07.1938 Leutnant d. B. >>
01.10.1941 Oberleutnant d. R.>>
13.01.1943 SS-Obersturmführer d. R. der Waffen-SS (mit RDA vom 01.10.1941) >>
15.03.1943 SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R. der Waffen-SS >>
Decorations & Awards:>>
23.08.1944 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R. and Kdr. SS-
Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9 / 9.SS-Panzer-Division “Hohenstaufen” / II.SS-Panzer-
Korps / Heeresgruppe B, Western Front (based on a recommendation dated 06.08.1944 and
signed by stellv. Div. Fhr. Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock; approved by Korps Kom. Gen. Willi
Bittrich; Gräbner did not actually receive the award until 17.09.1944)>>
13.05.1942 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Oberleutnant d. R. and Chef 2.Kompanie / Aufklärungs-Abteilung 256>>
07.07.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse >>
19.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse >>
25.07.1944 Nahkampfspange I.Stufe (Bronze) >>
19.08.1941 Allgemeines-Sturmabzeichen >>
18.02.1942 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz >>
02.08.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42” >>
00.00.19__ Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze >>
00.00.19__ Deutsches Reiterabzeichen in Bronze >>
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Old 07-28-2006, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hi Michael,
Thank you for this information on Graebner, things you posted I did not know and it will be good so I have this info to give to my friend Jon, since his knowledge of his Uncle is limited. I am still waiting for him to remember when he is at his parents house to get his Uncles SS Dress Dagger to show me.
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