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Arnim, von, Hans-Jürgen

Date of birth:
April 4th, 1889 (Ernsdorf, Germany)
Date of death:
September 1st, 1962 (Bad Wildungen (Hessen), Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Awarded on:
September 7th, 1918
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
November 3rd, 1939
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalleutnant (Major-general)
Unit:
Kommandeur 17.Panzer-Division / Panzergruppe 2 / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 4th, 1941
Hans-Jürgen von Arnim received the Knight’s Cross for his leadership of the 17. Panzer-Division during the first week of Operation Barbarossa. In that time his Division had blazed a trail of destruction as part of Guderian’s Panzergruppe, and among other things it:

1.) Participated in the capture of Brest-Litovsk (22.06.1941).
2.) Captured Slonim and prevented a breakout of Soviet forces from the Bialystok pocket (25.06.1941).
3.) Reached the southern edge of Minsk a mere five days after the start of the campaign (27.06.1941).

Arnim himself was wounded at Stolpce on the 28.06.1941, however he would later be awarded the Knight’s Cross while in hospital for the commendable achievements of his Division.
Submitted on July 1st 1941.
Preliminary award document on September 5th 1941.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1943
Wehrmachtbericht

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