Mickley, Hubert

Date of birth:
April 11th, 1918 (Schönlake/West Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 30th, 1944 (near Sibret/province Luxembourg, Belgium)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Recogne
Plot: 3. Row: 2. Grave: 50.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

On December 30th, 1944 Major Mickley, (Kommandeur II. Panzergrenadier-Bataillon/Führer-Begleit-Brigade) died from a serious abdominal injury caused by shrapnel during an assault on the town of Sibret, Belgium. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 4, 32. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 23rd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
5. Kompanie, II. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 4, 32. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 21st, 1942
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer, I. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 4, 32. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 26th, 1943
During the fighting NW of Newel in 1943, Hauptmann Mickley led an outstanding thrust through a strong enemy position and smashed a Soviet regiment that was assembling for an attack. By this action he prevented an imminent breakthrough of the German frontline in this area, and was consequently awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 4, 32. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
On the 21.07.1944 Hauptmann Mickley and his Bataillon were fighting in a retreat battle west of Ostrow. Here they became encircled by the enemy, and more than that lacked proper AT weapons and were almost out of ammunition. The only retreat route was over a bridge occupied by enemy tanks. With his 200 combat capable troops and a great number of wounded, he used the cover of darkness to fall in alongside a Soviet march column that was moving towards the bridge. Just before reaching the crossing the Germans dropped the ruse and went into the attack, with Mickley at the head of the forward Kompanie. Utilizing the enemy’s confusion they managed to storm the bridge. Thereafter Mickley and his troops were able to get the whole battalion across, including all the wounded and vehicles, before finally destroying the bridge after all friendly forces had passed over.

For managing to extract his entire battalion from the jaws of annihilation in such an outstanding manner Mickley would receive the Oakleaves to his Knight’s Cross.
540st Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 22nd, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 17th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse

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