Pilarski, Hubert

Date of birth:
October 19th, 1913 (Buer/Hannover, Germany)
Date of death:
October 5th, 1996 (Cologne/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Hubert Pilarski served with the Bundeswehr after the Second World War reaching the rank of Hauptfeldwebel.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer 8.(MG) / Grenadier-Regiment 511
Awarded on:
August 4th, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his daring and abilities as a lone fighter during the battle for the Orel salient in mid-1943 (north of Bolchow, south of the line Shisdra-Bjelew).
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
8. / Grenadier-Regiment 948
Awarded on:
June 9th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
In March 1944, during a German counterattack SE of Tarnopol, the German advance began bogged down and the accompanying Sturmgeschütze couldn’t proceed due to the concealed Soviet AT guns. In this moment, and under strong enemy fire, Oberfeldwebel Pilarski jumped onto a Sturmgeschütz and directed the fire of its gun and MG, which managed to suppress the enemy. Still riding on the assault gun, Pilarski rallied the attack back into motion and the day’s objective was reached.

Several days later, following a retreat, the Soviets launched a surprise thrust into a village the Germans had only just prepared for defense. On his own initiative, Pilarski assembled a shock troop of 20 men and attacked the enemy in the flank, throwing them back in a tough fight.

The next day the command post in which Pilarski was located was suddenly surrounded by the enemy. Pilarski jumped out of the window, gathered some men and was able to drive the enemy into a retreat with hand grenades.
Details:
493rd Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 11th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse

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