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Lieb, Theo-Helmut "Theobald"

Date of birth:
November 29th, 1892 (Freudenstadt/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
March 20th, 1981 (Freudenstadt/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
November 16th, 1910: Fähnrich (Patent March 20th, 1910);
August 18th, 1911: Leutnant;
August 18th, 1915: Oberleutnant;
September 20th, 1918: Rittmeister (13);
February 1st, 1932: Major;
October 1st, 1934: Oberstleutnant;
April 1st, 1937: Oberst;
June 1st, 1941: Generalmajor;
April 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant.

Career:
March 20th, 1910: Infanterie-Regiment 123;
?: Chef 2. Eskadron / 6. (Preußisches) Reiter-Regiment;
1920: Stab Wehrkreiskommando V;
1923: Kompaniechef Infanterie-Regiment 15;
?: Lehrer Infanterie-Schule, Dresden;
1934: Stab 4. Division, Dresden;
October 1st, 1936 - October 1st, 1937: Kommandeur 38. Panzer-Abwehr-Abteilung;
October 12th, 1937 - November 10th, 1938: Kommandeur Panzer-Abwehr Truppen XII, Wiesbaden;
November 10th, 1938 - September 9th, 1940: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 27, Rostock;
?: Kommandeur Wuppertal;
September 17th, 1941: Führer 290. Infanterie-Division (m.d.F.b.);
November 10th, 1941: Führerreserve;
April 16th, 1942: Kommandant Frankfurt;
February 21st, 1943: Führer 306. Infanterie-Division (m.d.F.b.);
Aeptember 3rd, 1943: Kommandeur 112. Infanterie-Division;
November 2nd, 1943 - Fwebruary 1st, 1944: Kommandeur Korps-Abteilung B;
February 1st, 1944: Kommandierender General XXXXII. Armeekorps;
1944: Führerreserve;
May 31st, 1944: Kommandeur 34. Infanterie-Division.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 19th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 22nd August 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Führer, XXXXII. Armeekorps, Heer
Awarded on:
February 7th, 1944
Awarded for holding the north and northwestern front of the Cherkassy pocket in early 1944 as the commander of the XXXXII. Armee-Korps.

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandierender General, XXXXII. Armeekorps, Heer
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his further achievements during the battle for the Cherkassy pocket. Especially during the breakout from the pocket he would show great bravery and energy. He collected a Bataillon of stragglers from the Korpsabteilung B and the 5. SS Panzer-Division “Wiking” and broke through a Soviet armoured group south of the road Potschapinzy-Lissjanka. With his horse Lieb then swam over the Gniloi-Tikitsch and reached safety at Lissjanka. For his role in this battle he would be christened the “Lion of Cherkassy” and be awarded the Oakleaves directly from Hitler himself.
400th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 20th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1915
Ritter zum Militärverdienstorden

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