Obstfelder, von, Hans

Date of birth:
September 6th, 1886 (Steinbach-Hallenberg/Hesse-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:
December 20th, 1976 (Kassel/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
March 17th, 1904: Fahnenjunker;
1906: Fähnrich;
August 18th, 1906: Leutnant (as from February 15th, 1905);
February 17th, 1914: Oberleutnant;
June 18th, : Hauptmann;
February 1st, 1926: Major;
April 1st, 1930: Oberstleutnant;
March 1st, 1933: Oberst;
January 1st, 1936: Generalmajor;
February 1st, 1938: Generalleutnant;
June 1st, 1940: General der Infanterie.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
June 19th, 1915
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 22nd, 1939
Spange zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 20th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 29th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXIX.Armee-Korps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
July 27th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the XXIX. Armee-Korps during Operation Barbarossa. His leadership skills were of great importance for the Korps’ crossing over the Bug between Sychtory and Starograd, and the subsequent advance along the axis Rowno-Zhitomir-Korosten. From here it continued on towards Kiev.
Details:
391st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 2nd, 1943
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXIX.Armeekorps
Awarded on:
April 21st, 1943
Details:
Award 361/1.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General XXIX.Armee-Korps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his continued outstanding command of the XXIX. Armee-Korps, specifically during the advance to the Don in the summer of 1942, the retreat to the Mius in early 1943 and the subsequent defensive battles there.
Details:
251st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General LXXXVI.Armee Korps / Oberbefehlshaber West
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the LXXXVI. Armee-Korps during and after the Invasion. Positioned on the right wing of the German army during its retreat to the Seine, near Lille and later in southern Holland (Venlo, Niederrhein) he was able to achieve consistent and impressive leadership during all the battles of his Korps.
Details:
110th Award.

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