PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Billau, Friedrich
Date of birth: November 7th, 1920 (Lampertheim/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:  German
     
ALLGEMEINES STURM ABZEICHEN OHNE ZAHLEN
Awarded on: July 1st, 1941
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Rank: Gefreiten
Unit: 1. / Sturm-Pionier-Bataillon 51
Awarded on: October 9th, 1941
 
     
MEDAILLE "WINTERSCHLACHT IM OSTEN 1941/42" (OSTMEDAILLE)
Awarded on: 1942
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN SILBER
Rank: Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit: 3.(Schewer) / Pionier-Landungs-Bataillon 128
Awarded on: July 14th, 1943
Action: Beceause the Nahkampfspange was instituted after Billau had already had 30 days of close combat, he was awarded the Silver version straight away and he did never receive the Bronze version.
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1943
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Unteroffizier
Unit: 2. / Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 51
Awarded on: October 9th, 1943
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN GOLD
Rank: Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit: Gruppenführer 2. / Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 51
Awarded on: October 26th, 1943
Action: At the moment tha Billau was given the decoration, he was in the hospital at Znaim and allready had 62 confirmed close combat days. He received the document in the hospotal. On the document his commander had also placed the announcement that he could stay with leave until December 17th 1943. The document was by the way meant for a Allgemeine Sturmabzeichen and was changed to the Nahkapmfspange. This beceause the unit did not have any document for the Nahkampfspange.
Finally he received his Golden Nahkampfspange on September 5th 1944 from Adolf Hitler himself on the Führerhauptquartier. When leaving the ceremony, he received a second decoration from one of Hitlers adjudants, with the words that this second decoration was to be worn on the uniform. The first one was to be kept in the box.
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit: 2. / Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 51
Awarded on: November 8th, 1944
 
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Picture source:   - Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
Information source(s):   - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
- Dörr M., Die träger der Nahkampfspange in Gold, Heer- Luftwaffe- Waffen-SS 1943-1945, Biblio Verlag Bisendorf, 2006
- Ritterkreuz Archiv IV/2009, Veit Scherzer, Ranis, Dezember 2009, ISSN 1866-4709
- Verleihungsurkunde EK2
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