Thumm, Helmuth

Date of birth:
August 25th, 1895 (Ravensburg/Württemberg, Germany)
Date of death:
July 13th, 1977 (Welzheim/Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
August 8th, 1914: Eingetreten als Freiw.;
August 2nd, 1915: Leutnant Pat. 26-12-1914;
April 1st, 1925: Oberleutnant (86);
March 1st, 1930: Hauptmann (2);
November 1st, 1935: Major (70);
October 1st, 1938: Oberstleutnant (40);
October 1st, 1941: Oberst (18) mit RDA vom 1-10-1940 (28b);
March 1st, 1943: Generalmajor (19);
September 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant (18);
January 1st, 1945: General der Infanterie (3).

Career:
September 1st, 1939: Kdr. I./Inf.Rgt. 56;
June 13th, 1940: Kdr. Inf.Rgt. 56;
January 5th, 1943: mdFb 5. Jg.Div.;
March 1st, 1943: Kdr. 5. Jg.Div.;
August 15th, 1944: Führer-Reserve OKH;
September 29th, 1944: mstFb LXIV. A.K.;
October 25th, 1944: mdFb LXIV. A.K.;
January 1st, 1945: Kom.Gen. LXIV. A.K.;
January 24th, 1945: Führer-Reserve OKH.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiments 56 / 5. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 3rd, 1940
Details:
According to the Karteikarte awarded on 2-6-1940.
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on August 26th 1915.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiments 56 / 5. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on July 3rd 1918.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 56, 5. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
June 30th, 1941
Action:
On the first day of operation Barbarossa, Thumm contributed decisively to the breakthrough of the Soviet border positions along a broad front, which in turn permitted the entire corps to rapidly advance to and over the Niemen river. He made the independent decision to commit his reserve (III.) battalion to the fighting at Ladzdijai (where II. Bataillon had already secured a foothold on the eastern edge), regardless of the intact enemy positions on the left flank. This resulted in the rapid fall of the town and enabled the reconnaissance battalion of the division under Horst Niemack to begin the drive towards the Niemen.
Details:
326th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiments 56 / 5. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
July 5th, 1941
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Jäger-Regiment 56, 5. Jäger-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 23rd, 1942
Action:
Awarded for his successful leadership of the regiment during its battles in 1942, specifically the following...

1) Operation Brükkenschlag, where his troops contributed to the German push towards the Demyansk pocket. They captured Kotschanovo, and later pushed on to take Syzyche.

2) Operation Michael, the German offensive to widen the corridor to the Demyansk pocket.
Details:
166st Award.
Award personally bestowed by Hitler.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 8th, 1942
Details:
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Infanterie-Regiment 56, 5. Infanterie-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1941
Details:
27th Award.
Anerkennungsurkunde des Oberbefehlshabers des Heeres

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