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Hell, Ernst-Eberhard (VII. Armee-Korps)

Date of birth:
September 19th, 1887 (Stade/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
September 15th, 1973 (Wiesbaden/Hesse, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

01.03.1906: Fahnenjunker in the 1. Kurhessisches Feldartillerie- Regiment Nr. 11
End 1912: transferred to the 1. Lothringischen Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33
1914-1918: 1. Lothringischen Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33
1915: sent to the German military mission in Turkey
Beginning 1916: 1. Lothringischen Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33 - Somme
Spring 1916: sent to the Generalstab and then posted in different staffs
1919: Reichsheer - Stab der 4. Division
Spring 1921: Stab Gruppenkommando 2
01.04.1922: Stab "Infanterieführer VI"
01.10.1924: Hauptmann and Chef - 11. Batterie des 6. (Preuß.) Artillerie-Regiment
Beginning 1928: Hauptmann, Stab "Artillerieführer VI"
01.02.1931: Major, Stab der 2. Division
01.10.1934: Oberstleutnant and Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment Stettin
15.10.1935: Oberst and Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment 32
12.10.1937: Artillerie-Kommandeur 22 (Arko 22)
End 08.1939: Genralmajor and Kommandeur 269. I.D.
1940: France campaign
12.08.1940: Genralleutnant and Kommandeur 15. Infanterie-Division
08.01.1942: Führer VII. Armeekorps
Summer 1942: General der Artillerie and Führer VII. Korps - Woronesh campaign and
diverse defense fightings in the Don bridgehead against several soviet offensives and retreat battles from Kursk region to the Dnjepr River
Beginning 1944: fightings around Tscherkassy
08.1944: surrendered in Wulkaneschty near Valkaneş to the Soviet forces during the soviet Jassy–Kishinev offensive
1944: sentenced to 25 years in a soviet reeducation camp
08.10.1955: released from captivity

Promotions:
17.07.1906: Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier
17.11.1906: Fähnrich
16.08.1907: Leutnant
08.10.1914: Oberleutnant
18.10.1915: Hauptmann
01.08.1928: Major
01.04.1933: Oberstleutnant
01.04.1935: Oberst
01.06.1938: Generalmajor
01.07.1940: Generalleutnant
01.02.1942: General der Artillerie

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur der 269. I.D
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940

Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 11th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur der 269. I.D
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940

Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 14th August 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie
Unit:
Führer VII.Armeekorps
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1942

Award 134/27.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-General of Artillerie)
Unit:
Kommandierender General VII.Armee-Korps / 2.Armee / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1943
General der Artillerie Hell and his VII. Armee-Korps were involved in fierce defensive battles around Voronezh starting in the summer of 1942, however they managed to repel all Soviet offensives while destroying a total of about 1000 Soviet tanks. In February 1943 Hell would lead his men to their new positions further west successfully during a hard fighting retreat that saw them break through Soviet encirclements twice. Hell would be awarded the Knight’s Cross in recognition of his leadership accomplishments during these battles.

1535th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1944
"Unter dem Befehl des Generals der Artillerie Hell haben sich in den erbitterten Abwehrkämpfen die moselländische 34. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Hochbaum, die württembergisch-badische 198. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants von Horn und die württembergisch-badische 4. Gebirgs-Division unter Führung des Generalmajors Braun besonders bewährt."

"Under the command of the General of Artillery Hell, the fierce defensive struggles between the Moselle 34th Infantry Division led by Lieutenant General Hochbaum, the Baden-Baden 198th Infantry Division led by Lieutenant General von Horn and the Baden-Baden 4th Mountain Division Leadership of Major General Braun has proven particularly effective. "
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-General of Artillerie)
Unit:
Kommandierender General VII.Armee-Korps / Armeegruppe Wähler / Heeresgruppe Südukraine
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for distinguishing himself with his Korps in early 1944. In this time the Korps’ most prominent achievement was its decisive contribution towards the relief of the Cherkassy pocket. During this battle it covered the right flank of the German relief spearhead, namely the III. Panzer-Korps.

487th Award.
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
1. Lothringischen Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33
Awarded on:
August 14th, 1916
Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
1. Lothringischen Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33
Awarded on:
September 11th, 1914
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Awarded on:
1915
Harp Madalyasi
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Artillerie-Regiment Stettin
Awarded on:
1934
Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie (Lieutenant-General of Artillerie)
Unit:
VII. Armeekorps
Awarded on:
1942
Medaille
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
with swords
IV. Klasse des Militärverdienstordens
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
with war decoration
Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
in silver with swords
Liakat medal

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