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Josef "Sepp" Gangl (12 September 1910 – 5 May 1945) was a German Major of the Wehrmacht and hero of the Austrian Resistance. He died on 5 May 1945 at Itter Castle, Tyrol. He took part in the defense of Itter Castle against troops of the 17th SS Panzer Grenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen" with soldiers of the Wehrmacht, the US Army and French prisoners, and lost his life in the process.[1] He is remembered as a war hero of the Austrian Resistance against the Nazi regime.

Josef Gangl was born in 1910 in Obertraubling, Kingdom of Bavaria, the son of an official of the Royal Bavarian State Railways and a former shop assistant. When he was a toddler, the family moved to Peißenberg in Upper Bavaria, where Josef's younger siblings were born.

On November 1, 1928, Gangl joined the Reichswehr, which was then limited to 100,000 men, in order to begin a career as a professional soldier in Artillery Regiment 7 in Nuremberg. He stayed there until September 1929, in order to serve in Artillery Regiment 5 in Ulm.

He became part of the newly established 25th Artillery Regiment in Ludwigsburg in 1935, and married the Ludwigsburg saleswoman Walburga Renz. Together they had two children, one of whom was a daughter named Sieglind (born 1936).

Gangl was promoted to Oberfeldwebel in November 1938. From October 1939 he was supposed to study at an officer school of the Wehrmacht. However, his regiment needed to be stationed in the Saar-Palatinate on the border with France, in preparations for war. There, on September 7, 1939, eleven French divisions, 25 km wide, crossed the border and advanced about 8 km into German territory. Though, they withdrew within two weeks on orders from Gamelin. This was Gangl's first moment of combat in the second World War. Gangl spent six months in hospitals in the following months of the "Phoney War". He returned to his regiment on May 14, 1940, and took part in the western campaign. There he served as the commander of a reconnaissance unit of the 25th Infantry Division of the Wehrmacht. After the Armistice of Compiègne, he was instructor in the artillery replacement department 25. After a short home leave in August 1940, he was an instructor at a base in Taus in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. He began a one-month training at the artillery school in Jüterbog on November 25, 1940.

On June 22, 1941, Gangl took part in the motorized artillery regiment 25 as part of Army Group South in the Ukraine on the Eastern Front. Where he commanded a battery with 105mm howitzers, in the battle for Kiev. Gangl was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class on August 20, 1941. He was promoted to first lieutenant in January 1942, and he received the Iron Cross 1st Class on February 12, 1942. Gangl became the commander of a Nebelwerfer Unit in the 25th Artillery Regiment on April 24, 1942. He held this position on the Eastern Front, until he was assigned as commander of the Nebelwerfer replacement and training department 7 in Höchstädt an der Donau in January 1944. He went to the army school for battalion and division leaders in Antwerp for a month in February 1944. On March 4, 1944, Gangl was sent to the new Werfer-Regiment 83 in Celle, which belonged to Werfer-Brigade 7. With this he marched to France in May 1944.

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