Nickel, Heinrich-Georg

    Date of birth:
    December 5th, 1894 (Wesel-Rees/Rhine Province, Germany)
    Date of death:
    January 2nd, 1979 (Lingen/Lower Saxony, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Career and promotions:
    17th September 1915: Einjähriger, Kriegsfreiwilliger Ersatz-Fuß-Artillerie-Regiment 4;
    14th November1914: Kanonier 3. / Ersatz-Fuß-Artillerie-Regiment 8;
    1st December 1914: Kanonier 6. / Ersatz-Fuß-Artillerie-Regiment 8;
    24th January 1915: Kanonier Mörser-Bataillon 208;
    27th April 1915: Gefreiter;
    24th September 1915: Unteroffizier;
    14th October 1915: Gruppenführer Reichs-Infanterie-Regimjent 51;
    24th December 1915: Vizefeldwebel und Offiziersaspirant, Zugführer Reichs-Infanterie-Regimjent 51;
    18th January 1917: Leutnant der Reserve;
    4th March 1919: left the Heer;
    28th November 1921: Polizei-Oberleutnant, Schützpolizei;
    1st November 1931: Polizei-Hauptmann;
    1st August 1935: in the Wehrmacht;
    15th October 1935: Kompanie-Chef 2. / infanterie-Regiment 65;
    1st August 1936: Major;
    12th October 1937: Stab I. / Infanterie-Regiment 65;
    10th November 1938: Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 26;
    1st January 1940: Oberstleutnant;
    10th December 1940: Kommandeur II. / Infanterie-Regiment 254;
    3rd September 1941: Führer Infanterie-Regiment 502;
    1st October 1941: Oberst;
    25th April 1943: OKH / Führerreserve;
    10th September 1943: Divisions-Führer Heeresgruppe Mitte;
    25th September 1943: Stellv. Führer 342.Infanterie-Division;
    25th November 1943: Führer 342.Infanterie-Division;
    1st January 1944: Generalmajor, Kommandeur 342.Infanterie-Division;
    1st July 1944: Generalleutnant.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major
    Unit:
    Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-regiment 26
    Awarded on:
    September 19th, 1939
    Details:
    Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 29th July 1916 as Vizefeldwebel and Zügführer Reichs-Infanterie-Regiment 51.
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major
    Unit:
    Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-regiment 26
    Awarded on:
    November 13th, 1939
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Details:
    Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 28th August 1918 as Leutnant der Reserve and Zugführer Reichs Infanterie Regiment 51.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, III. Bataillon, Infanterie-Regiment 26, 30. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    June 16th, 1940
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Action:
    During the Battle of France, the bold actions of Oberstleutnant Nickel contributed significantly to the advance of the XI. Armee-Korps across over 10 strong enemy defensive lines in the northern part of Belgium. On 17.05.1940 Nickel, while leading the vanguard of the Division, was able to capture the crossing over the Brussels - Antwerp canal as the first German unit to do so. On 22.05.1940 he further distinguished himself in both offence and defense west of Oudenaarde. Finally, on 27.05.1940, he personally stormed 3 enemy artillery batteries NW of Ingelmunster (on the Lys river). For the sum of these actions he would receive the Knight’s Cross.
    Details:
    74th Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Führer, Grenadier-Regiment 502, 290. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    March 29th, 1943
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Details:
    Award 341/1.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Generalmajor
    Unit:
    Kommandeur 342.Infanterie-Division
    Awarded on:
    April 30th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Generalleutnant
    Unit:
    Kommandeur 342.Infanterie-Division
    Awarded on:
    July 11th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Generalleutnant (Major-general)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, 342. Infanterie-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    August 8th, 1944
    Action:
    Awarded in recognition of his achievements as commander of the 342. Infanterie-Division in the area around Kovel in 1944. For these he was also mentioned twice in the Wehrmachtbericht, once on 30.04.1944 for the offensive battles west of the city, and a second time on 11.07.1944.
    Details:
    543rd Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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