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> Knights Cross w/Oakleaves winner Walter Girg, SS Jäger Bataillon 502 in Rumania 1944
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Posted: March 12, 2011 10:18 am
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I just came across the following text:
"Walter Girg won his RK as a troop leader in Otto Skorzeny's SS Jäger Bataillon 502. Wearing Rumanian uniforms, he and his unit conducted sabotage actions behind Russian lines in Romania [in Aug./Sept. 1944]. He was captured and sentanced to death. Before they could carry out the execution, Girg escaped."
Does anyone know further details of this action, code named 'Operation Landfried'?

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Posted: March 12, 2011 11:02 am
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We don't know him. We know Otto. He was an austrian. He as the commander of Sonderverband z. b. V. that later became known as SS Jagdverbande 502. He also was in charge with Operation "Greif" and "Werwolf" in 44-45. Someof his missions failed. I mean Yugoslavia, Iran, Werenwolf, etc. But Unternehmen Eiche, Unternehmen Greif or Francois are very well known. I must say, in case you don't know, Otto Skorzeny was recruited in the late 44 by the americans, using Rats Pathway plan, with Geheim's help.

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Posted: March 12, 2011 11:50 am
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...In August 1944, fifty members of the unit carried out Operation Landfried in Romania, destroying road and railway bridges in an attempt to delay the Soviet advance. This mission was commanded by Walter Girg.
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In early September 1944, he carried through Operation Landfried with his company of 105 men behind enemy lines in the Carpathian mountains in Romania. They were discovered in the Braşov region and but were saved from capture by a German artillery barrage which allowed them to escape back to the German lines, during which, however, Girg was wounded. The intelligence that Girg had obtained was instrumental in the continued operations on the Romanian front. For his performance he was promoted to Obersturmf�hrer on 16 September 1944 and awarded the Knight's Cross on 4 October 1944.
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Posted: March 12, 2011 05:41 pm
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