* 24.07.1917 Leipzig-Schlepzig/Sachsen
+ 11.03.2001 Köln
Awarded Knights Cross: 04.06.1942 as: Oberleutnant Sturmgeschützführer 16./InfRgt "Großdeutschland" (mot.)
Awarded Oakleaves (228th) Recipient : 14.04.1943 as Hauptmann Kommandeur SturmGeschAbt "Großdeutschland"
Peter Frantz was born in Leipzig on 24 July 1917, and joined the military in 1936, opting to serve in Artillery Regiment 4 in Dresden. Serving as an aspirant officer during his initial years of service, he was commissioned as a Leutnant on 1 September 1938, moving to Panzer Artillery Regiment 74 of the 2nd Panzer Division.
Frantz served in Poland as an orderly officer in the regimental headquarters of Panzer Artillery Regiment 74, earning the Iron Cross II Class, and afterwards moved to Vienna, then the artillery school at Jüterbog where the first battery of assault guns was raised by the German Army. This battery, Battery 640, was assigned to Infantry Regiment Grossdeutschland in April 1940 and became the 16th Company of the Regiment shortly after.
Leutnant Frantz commanded a platoon of the 16th Company in France, earning the Iron Cross I Class and being promoted Oberleutnant after the surrender.
Hard service as a platoon commander during the first six months of the Russian Campaign earned Frantz both a "Certificate of Recognition" by the Commander-in-Chief of the German Army in October 1941, but also the German Cross in Gold in December.
Oberleutnant Frantz rose to command the entire 16th Company; in defensive battles near Tula in December 1941 his company destroyed many enemy armoured vehicles, including 15 enemy tanks on 13 December alone. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. By March 1942, Frantz was a battery commander in the reorganized Assault Gun Battalion GD.
On March 14, 1943, Frantz led a group of assault guns in battle, destroying some 43 T-34 tanks, for which he was decorated with the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross. In April, Adolf Hitler personally award Frantz with his Oak Leaves in Berlin.
Frantz served with GD Assault Guns until January 1944, when he was transferred to the War Academy for general staff training, being appointed Major of the General Staff (Major i.G.) in August 1944. He saw action as a corps headquarters officer in the west, was captured in May 1945 by the Americans, and remained in captivity until April 1946.
Signed postwar 4” x 6” photo
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