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Hirschfeld, von, Harald

Date of birth:
July 10th, 1912 (Weimar/Saxe-Weimar, Germany)
Date of death:
January 18th, 1945 (near Tarnów, Poland)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Generalmajor Von Hirschfeld, then commander of 78 Sturm-Division, was severely injured by an aerial bomb near the bridge on the River Dunja during the defense of the Dukla Pass (mountain region Pieniny, southern Poland). He died a soldier's death in the arms of his adjutant on their way to the nearest aid station. Harald von Hirschfeld was promoted posthumously to the rank of Generalleutnant on 10 February, 1945.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
November 8th, 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (Second-lieutenant)
Unit:
Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7. / Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
July 23rd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1941
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7./Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98/1. Gebirgs-Division
Awarded on:
November 1st, 1941
Details:
Version with Swords.
Ordinul Corona Romaneii Knight
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (Second-Lieutenant)
Unit:
Chef 7. / Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 / 1.Gebirgs-Division / 1.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1941
Details:
660th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 1st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Führer 11. / Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 98 /1.Gebirgs-Division / XXXXIX.Gebirgs-Korps / 17.Armee / Heeresgruppe A
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
Details:
164th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer
  • - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Vetter, F., Die 78. Infanterie- und Sturm-Division 1938-1945 - Aufstellung - Bewaffnung - Einsätze - Soldaten, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2004
    - Axis Biographical Research
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum

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