Reymann, Hellmuth

Date of birth:
November 24th, 1892 (Neustadt/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 12th, 1988 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on September 16th 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 18th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on March 4th 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 205
Awarded on:
November 22nd, 1941
Details:
Award 17/6.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 13. Luftwaffen-Feld-Division / XXVIII. Armee-Korps / 18. Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his outstanding leadership of the 13. Feld-Division (L) during the fighting around Leningrad and the German retreat from the region in early 1944. As the Division pulled back through Kriwino, Tessowo, Sapolje-Uschnitza and Orodesh-Beloje it demonstrated both battlefield skill and a willingness to fight, breaking the conventional wisdom concerning the chronic inefficiency of such divisions. This abnormal performance was largely on account of the actions of its commander, who was recognized appropriately.
Details:
2910th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11. Infanterie-Division / III.(germ.) SS-Panzer-Korps / Armeegruppe Kleffel / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the 11. Infanterie-Division, with a special emphasis placed on his men’s performance in the following battles…

1) In the Tannenberg line, behind the railway line Wesenberg-Narva. Here it repelled an especially large enemy attack on 24.07.1944.

2) During the battles for Courland, especially during the first one. On 27.10.1944 the 11. Infanterie-Division held a position at the Tirs swamp. The Soviets succeeded in penetrating the thick forests to the north of the swamp but were wiped out by the Division following an intense battle.
Details:
672nd Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht
    - Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, 2001
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Buxa, W., Weg und Schicksal der 11. Infanterie-Division, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2004
    - Axis Biographical Research

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