Paul, Hugo

Date of birth:
February 1st, 1913 (Villingen, Germany)
Date of death:
March 12th, 1993 (Worms, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Flight Lieutenant)
Unit:
Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon Paul
Awarded on:
November 18th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for the successful leadership of his Battalion on 12.10.1944, during the fighting along both sides of Overloon, located in the Venlo bridgehead. Following a long artillery barrage the enemy attacked with about 40 tanks in order to capture this important road junction. In the first assault the enemy might proved to be too much and Paul’s battalion was pushed out of its positions.

On his own initiative, Paul led a counterattack at the head of his staff and manage to eject the enemy from the eastern edge of Overloon. Consequently he was able to block the road to Venraij long enough for the German defense line to be rebuilt during the following night. By this an enemy breakthrough in the direction of Venlo was prevented.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1936
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht 4.Klasse, 4 Jahre
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 14th, 1941
Fallschirmschützenabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 12th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 24th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 18th, 1943
Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 20th, 1943
Ärmelband Kreta
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 30th, 1943
Ärmelband Afrika

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