Hindelang, Hans

Date of birth:
April 16th, 1912 (Trossingen/Tuttlingen, Germany)
Date of death:
June 1st, 2004 (Trossingen/Tuttlingen, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
Zugführer 14.(Panzer-Jäger)/Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland" (mot.)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
Action:
Awarded for his actions during the battle of Stonne. Deployed in the village with three 3.7 cm Pak guns, his Zug was attacked by three Char B1 bis tanks. The German guns of course were no match against the French armour and one gun was quickly knocked out. However, as one of the tanks turned sideways, one of the German gun commanders (Obergefreiter Giesemann) decided to aim for a small ribbed panel on the tank’s right side. No larger than an ammunition box, it turned out to be the Achilles Heel of this particular kind of tank and an accurate shot by Giesemann knocked it out.

Both German guns now knocked out the other two French heavy tanks in the same manner. One gun was then in turn destroyed soon afterwards, but the damage was done. The remaining French armour, seeing 3 of their tanks destroyed, pulled back. Hindelang’s decision to intervene in the battle and continue the fight thus proved to be critical in saving the German defensive front at Stonne. He would be decorated the Knight’s Cross in recognition of this feat.
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