Fritz Zängl

Fritz Zängl (December 13, 1914 – May 21, 1942) was a German skier and soldier, at last in the rank of a Feldwebel.

Fritz Zängl
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Born(1914-12-13)December 13, 1914
Katzbach, Germany
DiedMay 21, 1942(1942-05-21) (aged 27)
near Smerdyna, German-occupied Poland
Ski clubASV Cham


Zängl was born in Katzbach, today a borough of Cham. He was a member of the skiing club ASV Cham and served in the Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100 in Bad Reichenhall. In the rank of an Oberjäger he participated in the German military patrol team at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1939, which placed first and won the world master title.

In World War II he took part in the campaigns against France, Greece, Crete and at last against Russia, when he was killed in action near Smerdyna. He was awarded with the Eisernes Kreuz II and I.[1]

In honor of his sports career the memorial race "Fritz-Zängl-Gedächtnislauf" is carried out by the ASV Cham since a couple of years.[2]


  1. ^ Date form an In Memoriam picture of World War II, seen at, article number 380047395141; cited source: Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V..
  2. ^ ASV Cham Archived 2009-04-26 at the Wayback Machine (German).