Germany – Third Reich: A Scarce Certificate of the award of the Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze to Obergefreiter Willi Dammer, 202nd Panzer Battalion, Army Troops, an individual who would have seen fighting against the Partisans in Yugoslavia.
A scarce certificate for the award of the Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze awarded to an individual who would have seen fighting against the Partisans in Yugoslavia.
Name: Willi Dammer,
Rank and Unit: Obergefreiter, Tank Driver, 202nd Panzer Battalion.
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Obergefreiter Dammer is a particularly always willing to work soldier who in the three years of his membership of the Battalion not a single minute of work has been too much for him. Always if a particular performance and above all difficult and hard work is to be accomplished, Dammer is the man who must be called in to undertake the work quickly and above all in an orderly manner. In other words he is effective as the pillar of the Hauptfeldwebel for the internal service and it speaks for his good character that he is always tireless in the fulfilment of his duty. He has been called in innumerable times to render services where the greatest action of his person was required. This well-deserved soldier must be earmarked for a decoration in appreciation of his outstanding achievements
Decoration awarded: The Croatian Order of Zvonimir Medal in Bronze on the War Ribbon.
Date of Award: 6 February 1944
The certificate dated 20th February 1944 and awarded (without a signature) on behalf of von Leyser as General of Infantry and General Officer Commanding XV (Mountain) Army Corps.
The fighting in Yugoslavia was fierce and bloody, with the Germans and their Allies launching several major offensives to try and crush the Partisans in the region. Many atrocities were committed by the Wehrmacht during these campaigns, with villages being burnt and the inhabitants being murdered on a regular basis as revenge for numerous assassinations and ambushes carried out. 202nd Panzer Battalion operating captured French Tanks from 1940 was involved in several of the Axis attempts to end the Partisan menace in the region