Lanz, Hubert

Date of birth:
May 22nd, 1896 (Eutringen/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
May 12th, 1982 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 22nd, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 8th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes XVIII.Armeekorps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his achievements as a Korps chief of staff during the Battle of France. In this time his personal reconnaissance efforts of the Meuse river enabled the Korps to quickly advance across it. He also played a big part in the capture of Leon. At Chemin des Dames he personally led an attack with rifle and grenade in hand, storming a key enemy strongpoint and mastering a critical situation wherein his troops had to temporarily fall back when the enemy launched an AFV supported counterattack. At the Yonne river he personally fended off an enemy attack with an MG long enough for the commanding general, Ritter von Speck, to be evacuated on account of his fatal injuries.
Details:
234th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant
Unit:
Kommandeur 1.Gebirgs-Division / XXXXI.Gebirgs-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his successful command of the 1. Gebirgs-Division during the campaign against the Soviet Union. He and his troops particularly distinguished themselves during the winter battles at Stalino, the Second Battle of Kharkov and the mountain battles in the Caucasus NE of Tuapse.
Details:
160th Award.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
August 30th, 1915
Goldene Militär-Verdienstmedaille

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