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Ebeling, Werner

Date of birth:
November 21st, 1913 (Stade/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
August 25th, 2008 (Sandkrug/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Werrner Ebeling was promoted to Oberst in April 1945. He served with the Bundeswehr from 1st March 1956 until 30th September 1970 and finally reached the rank of Generalmajor.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1941
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 31st, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit:
Grenadier-Regiment 220
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1943
Award 327/9.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 27th, 1943
2665th Award.
Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 25th, 1944
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur II. / Grenadier-Regiment 220 / 58.Infanterie-Division / L.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
April 9th, 1944
At the start of February 1944 Major Ebeling commanded a Kampfgruppe of the 58. Infanterie-Division, which had the mission of covering the Armee’s withdrawal to a new front. While west of Luga he and his men were encircled by the Soviets after tough defensive fighting. On the 13.02.1944 Major Ebeling broke through the Soviet encirclement ring with his Bataillon and eventually captured the village of Sarjabinka. Following this he launched an assault on his own initiative against a decisive piece of high ground for the following Kampfgruppe. By refusing to delay the attack he also forfeited friendly artillery support, however despite the great enemy superiority he and his men overcame the odds.

Ebeling’s actions ensured that the breakout of these invaluable forces succeeded while simultaneously allowing for the creation of new defensive positions in this sector of the front. Ebeling would later receive the Knight’s Cross in recognition of this feat.
2926th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 154 / 58.Infanterie-Division / Armee-Abteilung Samland / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
March 5th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
At the start of February 1945 Oberstleutnant Ebeling and his Kampfgruppe were deployed in northern Samland, where their mission was to hold open the entrance to the Curonian Spit against the attacking Soviet forces. Although the Kampfgruppe’s right flank was totally open it managed to hold its ground in the heavy combat, which was centred around the village of Pobethen. It was able to retake the village that had been temporarily lost to the Soviets via a counterthrust despite the very unfavourable circumstances. Ebeling would later receive the Oakleaves for his leadership during this engagement.
763rd Award.

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