Paulus, Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst

Date of birth:
September 23rd, 1890 (Breitenau-Gershage/Hessen-Nassau, Germany)
Date of death:
February 1st, 1957 (Dresden/Sachsen, Germany)
Buried on:
German War Graves Hauptfriedhof Baden-Baden
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes 10. Armee
Awarded on:
September 21st, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes 10. Armee
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1942
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-general)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee
Awarded on:
August 26th, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his handling of the 6. Armee during the Second Battle of Kharkov. Utilizing all available forces, Paulus was able to hold the front NE of Kharkov while keeping the Soviet southern spearhead under control long enough for the attack of the 1. Panzer-Armee to cut it off. Responding to this new situation Paulus, by stripping forces from his Armee’s northern sector was able to throw in additional troops to the SE of Kharkov and thus ensure the swift destruction of the trapped Soviet forces.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Panzertruppen (Lieutenant-General of Armoured Forces)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1943
Red Zeljeni Trolist First Class Cross with Oak Wreath
Details:
Nr. 293.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst (General)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber, 6. Armee
Awarded on:
January 15th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his leadership of the 6. Armee at Stalingrad and its fierce defense of the city after being encircled in November 1942. By tying down 6 Soviet armies for such a long time, it was able to prevent the wholesale collapse of the German front in the south and the consequent destruction of Heeresgruppe A in the process.
Details:
178th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 31st, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 3rd, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall)
Unit:
Prisoner of War
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall)
Unit:
Prisoner of War
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 2
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall)
Unit:
Prisoner of War
Awarded on:
February 5th, 1943
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 1

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