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Kümmel, Johannes

Date of birth:
July 21st, 1909 (Coswig/Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
February 26th, 1944 (nabij Cisterna di Latina/Province of Latina, Italy)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Pomezia
Plot: C. Grave: 4.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

On February 26th of 1944 Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel) Johannes Kümmel was killed in a road accident near Cisterna. On May 20th of 1944, Johannes Kümmel was posthumously promoted to the rank of Oberst.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel der Reserve (Warrant Officer of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer I. / Panzer-Regiment 8 / 10.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
September 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel der Reserve (Warrant Officer of Reserves)
Unit:
Zugführer I. / Panzer-Regiment 8 / 10.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
October 20th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Chef 1. / Panzer-Regiment 8 / 15.Panzer Division / Deutsches Afrika-Korps
Awarded on:
July 9th, 1941
Action:
Awarded for his independently conducted attack on a much larger enemy tank force on the 15.06.1941 west of Capuzzo. By this action he prevented the enemy tank forces from continuing their advance to the north, an act which would have seen them intercept key German supply forces with devastating consequences for the whole Panzer-Regiment 8. However with these the Germans were in the event able to throw back and destroy the Allied tank forces. Kümmel would earn the name “Lion of Capuzzo” for his actions here.
Details:
342nd Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Unit:
Kommandeur I. / Panzer-Regiment 8 / 15.Panzer Division / Deutsches Afrika-Korps
Awarded on:
October 11th, 1942
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for his Abteilung’s role in the storming of Tobruk on the 20.06.1942 as well as his actions during the fighting at El Alamein. Here, on the 01.09.1942, he would reach Hill 132 and advance to within 18 km of the coast in the rear of the British Alamein front.
Details:
133th Award.

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