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Hilt, Günther

Date of birth:
March 23rd, 1918 (Stuttgart/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
August 21st, 1944 (near Wyszków/Warsaw Province, Poland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

The 5. Jäger-Division defended her bridgehead on the southern bank of the Bug near Wyszków very effectively. This enabled the division to diminish her bridgehead according to plan in the night of 21 August 1944. It was repeatedly attacked by the enemy and in the evening the order was given to retreat to the northern bank. Hilt died in this operation.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 20th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 15th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 7. / Jäger-Regiment 56 / 5.Jäger-Division / X.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1942
Awarded for distinguishing himself during the Soviet attack on Gridinoweg (03./04.06.1942) and in the pocket southeast of Star. Ramuschewo.
1171st Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Jäger-Regiment 56 / 5.Jäger-Division / IX.Armee-Korps / 3.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
February 8th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Near the end of 1943, in the fighting around Vitebsk, Hilt and his Bataillon broke through the Soviet positions near Nowosselki. They then repelled all the enemy counterthrusts that followed. For this outstanding achievement he would be awarded the Oakleaves.
386th Award.

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