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Weidling, Helmuth Otto Ludwig

Date of birth:
November 2nd, 1891 (Halberstadt/Saxony Anhalt, Germany)
Date of death:
November 17th, 1955 (Moscow, Russia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Died in POW camp Vladimir, south east of Moscow.

Promotions:
August 10th, 1912: Leutnant;
June 1st, 1922: Hauptmann;
June 10th, 1932: Major;
September 1st, 1935: Oberstleutnant;
March 1st, 1938: Oberst;
February 1st, 1942: Generalmajor;
January 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant;
January 1st, 1944: General der Artillerie.

Career:
1911: Feldartillerie-Regiment „von Peucker" (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 6, Breslau;
?: Luftschiffer-Bataillon Nr. 1, Berlin-Tegel;
?: Ausbildung Luftschiff-Kommandanten;
?: Wachoffizier;
?: Kommandant LZ 97;
?: Kommandant LZ 113;
?: Artillerie-Beobachter Feldartillerie-Regiment „von Peucker" (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 6;
?: Batterie-Führer Feldartillerie-Regiment „von Peucker" (1. Schlesisches) Nr. 6;
1922: 4. Artillerie-Regiment;
January 1st, 1931: Chef 3. Batterie / 4. Artillerie-Regiment;
?: Stab Infanterieführer I, 1. Division, Königsberg;
October 1st, 1935: Kommandeur I. / Artillerie-Regiment 75;
October 15th, 1936: Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 75;
November 10th, 1938: Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 56;
?: Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 20;
April 10th, 1940: Artilleriekommandeur 128 (Arko 128), XXXX. Panzerkorps;
January 1st, 1942 - September 1943: Kommandeur 86. Infanterie-Division;
October 20th, 1943: Kommandierender General XXXXI. Panzerkorps;
April 10th, 1945: Führerreserve;
April 12th, 1945 - April 22nd, 1945: Kommandierender General LVI. Panzerkorps;
?: Kampfkommandant Berlin.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on October 9th, 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 12th, 1939
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on March 3rd, 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 86.Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 23rd, 1942
Details:
Award 137/19.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur, 86.Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his performance as a divisional commander in the 9. Armee's sector in 1943, especially in the repulse of one particular Soviet attack in early December of that year. In the first days of that month the Soviets made a surprise move through the rough terrain south towards Burzeva. However Weidling's innovative tactics enabled his forces to clear the forest and recapture the lost ground northwards as far as the village of Karskaya, thus concluding the battle in the Germans' favour.
Details:
1433rd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 9th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-general of Artillerie)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXI. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1944
Action:
Awarding for the excellent leadership of his Korps in the fighting near Kritschev and Retschiza, between the Pripet marshes and the Berezina.
Details:
408th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-general of Artillerie)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXI. Panzerkorps, Heer
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
Awarded for the successful leadership of his Korps during the defensive fighting in East Prussia during late 1944, both in the first battle of East Prussia (16.-28.10.1944) and later during November/December along the Narew front.
Details:
115th Award.

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