Hoßfeld, Hans

Date of birth:
March 23rd, 1912 (Nierstein/Rhinehesse, Germany)
Date of death:
November 19th, 1944 (Sworbe, Estonia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 1st, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (MA)
Unit:
Bataillonskommandeur Marine-Bataillon "Hoßfeld" / 50.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 18th, 1944
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Kapitänleutnant (MA)
Unit:
Kommandeur Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 531
Awarded on:
October 6th, 1944
In September 1944, the Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 531 was used in a landing operation between Reval and Narva as one of the handful of Marine units to be used in the infantry role. Despite their lack of specialization for this role the operation was a total success, in no small part thanks to the brave and skillful leadership of Kapitänleutnant Hoßfeld. For this he would receive the Knight’s Cross.
264th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Korvettenkapitän (MA)
Unit:
Kommandeur Marine-Artillerie-Abteilung 531
Awarded on:
November 25th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
During the fighting around Sworbe Hoßfeld was killed in action by an anti-tank shell while leading at the head of his men. However by this time he had already achieved notable successes in the area with his unit, and for this reason he was awarded the Oakleaves shortly after his death.
695th Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Dörr M., Einer von Dreiunddreissig, Internationales Militaira Magazine Nr 124, september-oktober 2006, Heinz Nickel Buchbetrieb, Zweibrücken
    - Ehrentafel der Deutschen Kriegsmarine dd 18-11-1944

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