Hudel, Helmut

Date of birth:
July 4th, 1915 (Raunheim, Germany)
Date of death:
March 11th, 1985 (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Awarded on:
April 1st, 1938
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 2nd, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 11th, 1941
Panzerkampfabzeichen (ohne Zahl)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 1st, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Chef 1./Panzer-Regiment 7
Awarded on:
May 27th, 1942
Action:
During the time period 06.-08.03.1942, Hauptmann Hudel supported the hard fighting German infantry in the forests south of Bereski with great tactical skill. He played a major role in ensuring that the loss of Bereski (on the Worja river) did not result in a tactical breakthrough by the enemy, destroying 2 heavy tanks in the process.

In the following days, as the Soviets tried with all available forces to break through to Kobelewo and their cut-off divisions there, Hudel once again heavily contributed to the armour defense in the area. During this time he destroyed a further 5 enemy tanks and, while defending against hostile infantry attacks, knocked out 3 mortars and over 10 MGs as well.

For his significant assistance in repelling the enemy assaults in this area he would be awarded the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 17th, 1942
Medaille
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur I./Panzer-Regiment 7, 10. Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
April 2nd, 1943
Action:
Awarded for his achievements as a Panzer-Abteilung commander in North Africa. He particularly distinguished himself while commanding Kampfgruppe Hudel (2 Kompanien of the I./Panzer-Regiment 7, 2 Kompanien of the Panzerjäger-Abteilung 90 and 1 Kompanie of the Kradschützen-Bataillon 10) during the battle of Tebourba. Taking place during the time period 01.-04.12.1942, the Germans claimed it cost the Allies 134 tanks.
Details:
219th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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