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Hoppe, Harry

Date of birth:
February 11th, 1894 (Braunschweig/Braunschweig, Germany)
Date of death:
August 23rd, 1969 (Wetzlar/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

Harry Hoppe was POW from May 8th, 1945 until May 17th, 1948.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
March 20th, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
March 15th, 1917
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
April 17th, 1918
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 26th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 12th, 1941
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 424
Awarded on:
September 12th, 1941
Following a series of bloody battles, Oberst Hoppe and his Infanterie-Regiment 424 managed to seize the city and harbour of Schlüsselburg on the early morning of the 08.09.1941 following a bold coup-de-main. By this action the Regiment had the honour of being the German unit that finally broke the land connection with Leningrad and initiate the long siege of the city. Hoppe would be awarded the Knight’s Cross as a reward for this very important deed.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Infanterie-Regiment 424 / 126. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 6th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 278. Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
December 18th, 1944
Awarded for the outstanding leadership of his Division during the fighting in Italy in 1944. The Division was named in the Wehrmachtbericht of the 06.07.1944 for repelling all enemy breakthroughs during the 1st Battle of Ancona, especially in the fighting around Osimo (01.-08.07.1944). It would go on to distinguish itself in the 2nd Battle of Ancona as well as combat around Ostra, Filetto, Cesano, Metauro, Gotenstellung, S. Marino, Rubicone, Montilgallo, at the Savio (south of Cesena) and near Bertinoro.
682nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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