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Hippler, Gustav

Date of birth:
July 25th, 1903 (Gronau, Germany)
Date of death:
August 22nd, 1942 (Brjansk, Feldlaz.m. 623)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Gustav Hippler died of his wounds on 22nd August 1942. At that moment he was Bataillonskommandeur with the rank of Hauptmann der Reserve.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 5. / Infanterie-Regiment 74 (motorisiert)
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1940
On the 13.05.1940 the Radfahrer of Vorausabteilung Scholz (based around the II./Infanterie-Regiment 74) launched a surprise thrust against Allied forces on the western bank of the Albert canal. Among them was a group of 16 men led by Oberleutnant Hippler. In a bold stroke this small force was able to completely capture 2 enemy battalions. For this outstanding success Hippler would receive both classes of Iron Cross, and later the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Rik van Velzen
  • Photo: Rik van Velzen
  • - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Knobelsdorff, O., Geschichte der niedersächsischen 19. Panzer-Division, Podzun Pallas Verlag, Friedberg, Germany, 1985

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