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Matthias Hetzenauer

Deceased Person from Austria

Matthäus Hetzenauer (December 23, 1924 in Tyrol, Austria - October 3, 2004) was an Austrian sniper in the 3rd Mountain Division on the Eastern Front of the World War II, who was credited with 345 kills. His longest confirmed kill was reported at 1100 metres. Hetzenauer was also 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. Hetzenauer trained as a sniper from March 27 through July 16, 1944, before being assigned to the 3rd Gebirgsjäger Division,for the Axis Powers, issued both a Karabiner 98k sniper variant with 6x telescopic sight and a Gewehr 43 with ZF4 4x telescopic sight. On November 6, 1944, he suffered head trauma from artillery fire, and was awarded the Verwundeten-Abzeichen three days later. On multiple occasions he served with fellow sniper Josef Allerberger. The two of them killed many Soviet soldiers. Gefreiter Hetzenauer received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 17 April 1945. Generalleutnant and Divisions commander Paul Klatt had recommended Hetzenauer because of his numerous sniper kills,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1924-12-23
Place of birth
Styria
Nationality
Austria

Death

Date of death
2004-10-03
Place of death
Brixen im Thale

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