Niehoff, Hermann

Date of birth:
April 3rd, 1897 (Papenburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
November 5th, 1980 (Riegsee/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on August 5th 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 7th, 1941
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on June 12th 1918.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 464
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1941
Action:
Received for action on 29th July 1941.
Details:
366th Award.
Was written in the Ehrenblatt and received the clasp directly after the introduction of the clasp.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 464
Awarded on:
January 6th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 46/11
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 371.Infanterie-Division / XXIV.Armee-Korps / 1.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Nordukraine
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for the leadership of his Division during March 1944, beginning on 04.03.1944. From the 05-07.03.1944 his Division pulled back from its position on the line Masepinzy-Ignatewka-Lypjatin to the Bug river. Here they defended during the time period 08-16.03.1944 near Chmelnik, Kurilowka and Alexandriwka. In all this time Niehoff’s energy and drive were crucial for the fighting of the Division.
Details:
3143rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 371.Infanterie-Division / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
On 16.02.1945 the Soviets began a major offensive against the German line stretching from SE of Langlieben to Eichendorffmühl, with the 371. Infanterie-Division being the only German unit in its path. In the course of this attack Niehoff and his troops succeeded in warding off all Soviet attacks against the Reichsstraße 118 going north from Ratibor, some of these in close combat. Niehoff was awarded the Oakleaves for this action.
Details:
764th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie
Unit:
Kommandant Festung Breslau
Awarded on:
April 26th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for his outstanding defense of Breslau in early 1945. Marshal Zhukov would say the following about him, “Niehoff was a brave man. He is one of the few who I genuinely do admire. In my experience of the war Niehoff has a place of honour.”
Details:
147th Award.
Award numbering was based on the date of the awarding. Noevidence of the awarding in the Bundesarchiv.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1944
Action:
In the battles on the Eastern Front, the Westphalian 371 Infantry Division under the command of Lieutenant-General Niehoff and the 229 Infantry Regiment under Colonel Schury have proved themselves to be excellent.
Wehrmachtbericht

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