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Behnken, Hans

Date of birth:
April 28th, 1910 (Farmssen/Hanover, Germany)
Date of death:
October 5th, 1944 (Torun/Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Mlawka
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel) Behnken and commander of Grenadier-Regiment 696 died of his wounds at reserve hospital at Torun. He presumably lies buried as an unknown soldier at the German War Cemetery Mlawka.

Promotions:
December 1st, 1940: Hauptmann z.V. (28);
November 1st, 1942: Major (20a);
July 1st, 1944: Oberstleutnant (61).

Career:
January 1st, 1943: Kdr. I./Gren.Rgt. 161;
February 27th, 1943: Mit Vers.v.G.E.B. 190 in 81.Inf.Div.;
March 5th, 1944: Von Kdr. I./Gren.Rgt. 161, z.Zt. Heeres-Nachrintenschule Halle, b.m.d.F. Gren. Rgt. 417;
May 1st, 1944: a.t.Beurteilung;
May 4th, 1944: Mit Belassg.b.d. 168.Inf.Div. einv., wenn Eingng.z.Rgt.Fhr.
May 31st, 1944: Fhr. Gren.Rgt. 417;
June 10th, 1944: Führer-Reserve;
June 12th, 1944: Meldung, warum nicht als Rgt. Kdr.einges.;
July 26th, 1944: Als kdr. Gren.Rgt. 417 vorgesehen;
September 10th, 1944: Ernannt von Führer-Reserve zum Kdr. Gren.Rgt. 1176;
October 1st, 1944: Steht als Kdr. für Gren.Rgt. 174 nicht zur Vfg.;
October 10th, 1944: Ernannt von Kdr. Gren.Rgt. 1176 / 572.VGD zum Kdr. Gren.Rgt. 696 / 340.VGD;
October, 1944: Hat sich erschossen.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann zur Verwendung
Unit:
Kommandeur, I. Bataillon, Grenadier-Regiment 161, 81. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 19th, 1942
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 26th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 8th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
April 23rd, 1942
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 7th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1943
Nahkampfspange in Bronze

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