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Heilmann, Ludwig

Date of birth:
August 9th, 1903 (Würzburg/Bayern, Germany)
Date of death:
October 26th, 1959 (Kempten/Bayern, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
Stab II. / Infanterie-Regiment 91
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major (Majoor)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, III. Bataillon, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3, 7. Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1941
On the 20.05.1941, during the fighting at Crete, Major Heilmann was able to capture the hill south of Galatas with his Bataillon staff and the remnants of his 9. Kompanie. Two days later, he along with 100 men succeeded in breaking the encirclement ring of New Zealand forces near Stalos. The same day the group made contact with the Fallschirmjäger and Gebirgsjäger that were now coming from the west.

For his actions during this battle Heilmann would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1943
Ärmelband Kreta
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3, 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
March 2nd, 1944
Awarded for his actions during the battle of Sicily. Here Heilmann and his troops were able to escape destruction in enemy territory by fighting their way across the Malati bridge (heavily trafficked by Allied forces) on the night of the 15./16.07.1943. Thereafter they were able to reach friendly territory on the Catania plain.
412th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3, 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Awarded for his leadership and the bitter resistance put up by his Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 3 during the Second Battle of Monte Cassino.
67th Award.

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