Warrelmann, Hinrich

Date of birth:
April 16th, 1904 (Strückhausen/Oldenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
October 9th, 1980 (Westerkappeln/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Was promoted to Generalmajor on 1st April 1945.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Machinengewehr-Bataillon 2 / 15.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
February 28th, 1942
Details:
Award 80/54.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 502
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1944
Details:
2908th Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 502 / 290.Infanterie-Division / X.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
April 16th, 1944
Action:
Awarded the Knight's Cross for the following actions.

1. Starting on 21.01.1944 Warrelmann's regiment was positioned in the middle of the 23. Infanterie-Division's sector, but lost the town of Bliny two days later. Warrelmann assembled a scratch counterattack force consisting of parts of the regimental pioneer platoon and 10 men of his regimental headquarters. They counterattacked the Soviet spearhead south of Ilyushkino and were able to stabilize the situation.

2. His regiment's success in the battles near Beloje lake (south of Idriza and northwest of Newel). Following the Soviet capture of Hill 173.1 Warrelmann led a counterattack from the front of one of his battalions with armour support, and were able to retake the position. Every Soviet attempt to wrest control of the hill thereafter, supported by heavy artillery and tanks, was repulsed. By holding this key position Warrelmann ensured the security of the main German line.
Details:
2971st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 502 / 290.Infanterie-Division / I.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
August 19th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Details:
555th Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - 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
    - Ehrenblatt des Deutschen Heeres, 27.Februar 1944

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