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Hollidt, Karl-Adolf

Date of birth:
April 25th, 1891 (Speyer/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
May 22nd, 1985 (Siegen/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Karl-Adolf Hollidt finally reached the rank of Generaloberst. He was in American imprisonment from October 28th, 1948 until December 24th, 1949.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 9th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1941
During the crossing over the Dnieper north of Dubossari, on the 25.07.1941, the attacking 50. Infanterie-Division found itself up against strongly fortified bunker positions. However under Hollidt’s leadership the Division was able to break through the Soviet defenses following bitter fighting that lasted several days. Hollidt distinguished himself during this combat by his continual interventions in the fighting that time and again managed to get bogged down attacks back into motion. He would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross in recognition of this feat.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 50. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
September 19th, 1942
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Royal Decree No. 2628.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Infanterie (Lieutenant-General of Infantry)
Unit:
Oberbefehlshaber 6. Armee
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1943
Awarded for his outstanding leadership of Armee-Abteilung Hollidt during the winter of 1942/43. Despite the vast Soviet numerical superiority and the ad-hoc nature of his forces, Hollidt and his men put up remarkable resistance in no small part due to Hollidt’s confident and flexible command. The Soviets proved unable to achieve a breakthrough against Hollidt’s Armee-Abteilung during its staged withdrawal from the Chir to the Mius river.
239th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht

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