|Born||September 11, 1897|
|Died||July 19, 1944|
|Affiliation(s)|| Austria-Hungary (1914-1918)|
|Rank||Commander, German 1380th Regiment|
|Key Conflicts||World War I|
World War II
|Key Battles||Battle of Podgorica (1944)|
Katzberger was born in Graz, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He enlisted in the Austrian-Hungarian Army in 1914, at the age of 17. He became a Private, and fought in the Brusilov Offensive of 1916, where he was shot in the chest by a rifleman from the Russian army. He was discharged, but he rose to prominence in the 1920s when he joined the Austrian parliament. He was one of the Fascists, and was arrested in 1929 after he was connected with the revolution by the National Socialist Party. In 1938, he returned to military life after taking part in the German invasion of Austria, and in 1939, he took part in the Invasion of Czechoslovakia, and he was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel. He served in the Invasion of Yugoslavia in 1941 after brief service in the Polish campaign and the Western Front. Katzberger was placed in command of the 1380th Regiment, and took part in several offensives against Tito and his Yugoslav Partisans. By 1944, however, 6,700 German troops were killed under his command. In July 1944, he was killed when a force of Yugoslavians killed Katzberger and several other Heer soldiers in a gun battle near Podgorica in Italian Montenegro. His body was thrown into a ditch near Vizy, a town on the outskirts of the city, and was later exhumed and buried in the Budapest Military Cemetery.