Schwing, Hellmuth

Date of birth:
May 23rd, 1908 (Crossen an der Oder/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
April 21st, 1992 (Bad Pyrmont/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
April 1st, 1933: Leutnant (RDA: -11-);
?: Hauptmann;
February 1st, 1942: Major;
January 30th, 1945: Oberstleutant;
?: Oberstleutnant (Bundeswehr).

Career:
?: 3. (Preussischen) Pionier-Bataillon;
?: Pionier-Bataillon 39;
?: Kommandeur Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 39.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1939
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1939
Spange zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Awarded on:
March 3rd, 1943
Ordinul Corona Romaneii Officer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Kommandeur, Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 39, 3. Panzer-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
December 30th, 1943
Action:
Major Schwing received the Knight’s Cross for the actions of his Pioneer battalion on 3 December 1943. The battalion came under attack at 0600 in the morning but was able to hold its positions. Afterwards, as the Soviets reorganized, the battalion launched a counterattack of its own, taking the Russians by surprise and inflicting heavy losses. Following up on their success they proceeded to the fortified village of Kirolowka, which they captured despite stubborn Soviet resistance by 1530 that day. In doing so they eliminated a threat to the division’s flank.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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