Engel, Gerhard

Date of birth:
April 13th, 1906 (Guben/Brandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
December 9th, 1976 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1938
Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Ufficiale
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 14th, 1938
Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro - Ufficiale
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 21st, 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 3rd, 1939
Magyar Érdemrend Tisztikeresztje
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1939
Order of St. Sava 3rd Class
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 7th, 1940
Ordinul Corona Romaneii Officer
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 16th, 1941
Awarded with swords.
Vapaudenristin 2.luokka (VR 2)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant
Unit:
Adjutant der Wehrmacht (Heer) beim Führer und Reichskanzlei
Awarded on:
October 16th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 26th, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 23rd, 1944
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Füsilier-Regiment 27 / 12.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
July 4th, 1944
In June 1944 the 12. Infanterie-Division was encircled in Mogilev. Oberstleutnant Engel was determined to break out and therefore took over leadership of the Division. He formed a Kampfgruppe using whatever forces were at hand, and it managed to fight its way through to Minsk while taking alone all wounded and dead. But upon arrival the Kampfgruppe was encircled once again, and once again Engel launched a breakout and was able to reach friendly lines at Baranowitschi. Meanwhile the bulk of the 12. Infanterie-Division was annihilated in the Tscherwen pocket during the time period 04.-06.07.1944.

Engel would receive the Knight’s Cross for his determined leadership, which enabled at least a few soldiers to escape under nigh-impossible circumstances.
3282nd Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 26th, 1944
Wehrmachtbericht
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 12.Volks-Grenadier-Division
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1944
The following press article, dated 16.12.1944, describes why Engel would receive the Oakleaves…

“Generalmajor Engel and his Volksgrenadier-Division have fought at the heart of the heavy combat during the second and third battles of Aachen. Always located in the foremost line at the decisive hour, he has inspired his men to high achievements through his example. He and his Division (which was named in a Wehrmachtbericht supplement on the 26.11.1944) have a significant share in the German defensive successes near Aachen.”
679th Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Silver version.
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen

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