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Abel, Adolf Wilhelm (161. Infanterie-Division)

Date of birth:
October 18th, 1914 (Gerdt/Baerl am Rhein, Germany)
Date of death:
August 26th, 1944 (20 km West of Gura Galbenei, Cimișlia - Moldova)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


He himself had attached a concentrated charge on a Russian vehicle and was killed by its explosion.

Promotions and career:
15.06.1934: Fahnenjunker - 5./ Inf.Rgt.2
01.10.1934: promoted to Gefreiter - 6./ Inf.Rgt.2
01.12.1934: 12./ Inf.Rgt.2
14.01.1935: Infanterieschule Dresden
01.06.1935: Fähnrich - Inf.Rgt. 2
25.10.1935: promoted to Oberfähnrich
13.02.1936: appointed to Infanterie-Regiment 23
20.04.1936: promoted to Leutnant
02.-03.1936: Zugführer-Lehrgang für Panzerabwehreinheiten
26.08.1939: Oberleutnant, appointed to the Infanterie-Panzerabwehr-Ersatz-Kompanie 206
01.09.1939: Chef - 14./ Infanterie-Regiment 23
11.1939: Chef - 14./ Infanterie-Regiments 206
28.12.1939: Chef - 14./ Infanterie-Regiments 364
1939-1940: Campaign in Poland and in France
06.1941: Campaign in Russia
13.08.1941: WIA
05.11.1941: WIA
07.11.1941: Regimentsadjutant - Infanterie-Regiment 371
18.01.1942: promoted to Hauptmann
23.01.1942: Führer I./ Infanterie-Regiment 371
07.03.1942: Führer III./ Infanterie-Regiment 371
13.12.1942: awarded the DKiG
15.02.1943: promoted to Major
02.09.1943: WIA for the 6th time during the fightings around Goluboff
23.09.1943: awarded the RK
11.12.1943: replaced the Führerof the Grenadier-Regiment 364
End 1943: Führerreserve
29.02.1944: Führer Grenadier-Regiment 571 - 302.ID
This regiment was already disbanded at his arrival so he took over the command of the Grenadier-Regiment 570
20.06.1944: promoted to Oberstleutnant - Kdr Gren.Rgt. 570

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann (Captain)
III. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 371, 161. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 13th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Second World War (1939-1945)
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 364, 161. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1943
Abel’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Major Abel and his Bataillon have repulsed all the enemy’s overwhelming attacks over the course of 14 days of brutal defensive combat. In the process they inflicted heavy losses on the foe.

On the 02.09.1943, during the course of the combat around Goluboff, a 2 km wide gap developed on the boundary with the left neighbour. The Russians infiltrated through this gap and into the rear of our lines with about 200-300 men. Clearly recognizing the situation for what it was, Major Abel made the independent decision to close this gap via offensive action. Though he only had 70 men in his sector he nonetheless managed to round up a strike group from this total. Leading at the head of this force, he managed to eject the enemy, inflict bloody losses and capture a number of prisoners.

He prevented a breakthrough of the only weakly held divisional frontline through this combination of bold behaviour, energetic decisiveness and high qualities of leadership. In the process of this engagement he became wounded for the 6th time, however he stayed in the fight and retained command of his Bataillon.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 20th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1941
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1942