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