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Velke, Paul

Date of birth:
November 19th, 1890 (Velpke/Braunschweig, Germany)
Date of death:
July 28th, 1942 (San.Komp.1/171 near Werchne-Ssolonowskij, Soviet Union)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Rossoshki
Plot: 18. Row: 8. Grave: 310.
German (1933-1945, German Reich)


Paul Velke died of his wounds on July 28th, 1942. At tha moment he served as Kommandeur of a Pionier-Regiment with the rank of Oberst.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 45
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1940
Awarded for the distinguished command of his battalion during the battalion in France, specifically in the following actions...

1. The crossing over the Meuse (13.05.1940).
2. Clearing the eastern suburb of Givet following hard street fighting (14.05.1940).
3. The crossing over the Scarpe-Kanal (23.05.1940).
4. The construction of a bridge over the Somme at Abbéville (05-06.06.1940).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes