Hell, Ernst-Eberhard

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

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 11th September 1914.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1940
Details:
Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 14th August 1916.
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
General der Artillerie
Unit:
Führer VII.Armeekorps
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1942
Details:
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
Action:
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 enemy 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.
Details:
1535th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 12th, 1944
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
Action:
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.
Details:
487th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001

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