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Nädele, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
April 21st, 1903 (NehrenBaden-Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
July 6th, 1944 (Tschapskowa/Belarus, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 20th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 460, 260. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1943
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, II. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 460, 260. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
November 4th, 1943
Description:
"Awarded for distinguishing himself during the defensive combat in the Yelnya salient during the middle of August 1943. In this time strong Soviet forces broke through the German lines and captured a commanding hill.
Despite being totally alone, Major Nädele succeeded in motivating his hard-fought unit to fight back in kind. Over the course of heavy combat (which largely took place in forested areas) he and his unit recaptured both the hill as well as a previously lost village, inflicting heavy losses as they did so. After this he continued to lead his men forwards to the old German frontline and thereby contained the Soviet penetration."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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