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Mosel, von der, Hans

Date of birth:
May 3rd, 1898 (Bodenbach, Germany)
Date of death:
April 12th, 1969 (Nienburg, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Commander Grenadier-Regiment 548
Awarded on:
August 9th, 1942
Oberst Mosel and his Infanterie-Regiment 548 were attached to the 161. Infanterie-Division on the 04.08.1942. After personally reconnoitring the enemy situation and terrain, Mosel led the II./Infanterie-Regiment 548 in a counterattack that retook the decisive portion of the old German line on the same day. In the following night Mosel twice personally led counterattacks to clear up local crises.

The next day, at 22:00, as the Soviets scattered his right Bataillon with tanks Mosel fought through the enemy vehicles to reach his northern Bataillon and from here defended a key road against a fierce Soviet assault for over 3 hours. On the 06.08.1942 the Regiment was only able to maintain its integrity against an attack by 2 battalions supported by 12 tanks through the personal devotion to duty of Mosel himself. By successfully holding this position, Mosel permitted the crossing over the Wasusa river at Subzoff that took place later on. His actions here also helped to prevent a Soviet breakthrough SE of Rzhev, though it cost him very bad injuries. Mosel would subsequently be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Chef des Stabes Festung Brest
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Awarded for his contribution to the defense of Festung Brest during the summer of 1944 as the Chief of Staff to its commander, Ramcke. His actions helped to ensure that Brest could be held for as long as possible, thereby denying its use as a port to the allies.
589th award
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
August 12th, 1918
Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1940
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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