Völkel, Helmut

Date of birth:
June 17th, 1914 (Waldenburg/Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
October 26th, 1942 (Sancaro-Paß, Soviet Union)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 6. / Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 91
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1942
Action:
At the end of September 1942 Völkel's unit was fighting in the High Caucasus, and in the course of a scouting mission he and his attached soldiers were able to secure a favourable assembly area for his battalion after a hard climb. In the ensuing attack (directed against a 3260 m high peak) he was one of the first to reach the mountaintop and eject the occupying Soviet force in bitter close combat. However in the course of the fighting he was severely wounded and succumbed to his injuries. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross.
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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