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Kubel, Wilhelm

    Date of birth:
    December 16th, 1917 (Woplauken-Rastenburg/Easternprussia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    April 29th, 2003 (Hambühren/Lowersaxony, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Wilhelm Kubel joined the RAD from April until October 1938. On November 16th, 1938 he joined the Werhmacht at Kumbinnen in the II. / Infanterie-Regiment 22. With his unit he served at the Northern part of the Eastern Front. during the period of 1942/1943 he commanded a company in the Grenadier-Regiment 162. After the heavy fightings during the retreat in the spring of 1944, he commanded the I. / Grenadier-Regiment 162. Finally he reached the rank of Hauptmann der Reserve.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    December 1941
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    July 1942
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    January 1943
    Ehrenblattspange des Heeres und Waffen-SS
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
    Unit:
    Führer II. / Grenadier-Regiment 162 / 61.Infanterie-Division / XXVIII.Armeekorps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
    Awarded on:
    September 30th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    Silver version.
    Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    Was in total wounded six times.
    Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher collection
    • Photo: Willi Schumacher collection
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - 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
      - Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945
      - Personal archives Wilhelm Kubel, August 29th, 1988

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