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GOEBEL Günter

Oberstleutnant im Generalstab
Goebel, Günter
* 14.11.1917 Hagen/Westfalen
+ 04.09.1993 Hagen
Awarded Knights Cross: 18.10.1941
as: Oberleutnant Regimentsadjutant InfRgt 208
Awarded Oakleaves as the 180th Recipient : 18.01.1943 as Hauptmann Führer einer Kampfgruppe

Günter Goebel (14 November 1917 – 4 September 1993) was an Officer in the German Wehrmacht and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II.

Goebel’s 79th Infantry Division was part of the 6th Army during the invasion of the Soviet Union. In October 1941 he was awarded the Knight's Cross for his part in leading an advance battalion when a supply route was captured by Soviet forces. In 1941 he was also entered into the Honour Roll of the German Army.

He is also known for the command of the Kampfgruppe Goebel assault on Stalingrad at the end of November 1942 around Nishij and Tschiskaja with 3,000 servicemen. With the following radio message, they became known to the staff of the 6th Army: "Battle-group Captain Goebel with 3,000 men holds the Don River bridge at (Werchne) Chir(skaya). Keep the head up, as we do". He held, together with his Kampfgruppe, for weeks, an important bridgehead. He later became the 180th recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves for his bravery.

In 1945, two days after signing the unconditional surrender documents for all German forces, he was taken into Soviet captivity, on 11 May 1945. He was detained for more than 10 years in different Soviet labor camps. On 9 October 1955 he was released, thanks to Konrad Adenauer and his successful negotiations over the release of the last German World War II prisoners.
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Decorations:
• Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross: 18 October 1941, Oberleutnant, regimental
adjutant, Infantry Regiment 208, 79th Infantry Regiment / LI Army Corps/ 6th
Army / Army Group South.
• - Oakleaves (No. 180): 18 January 1943, Hauptmann, leader of a battlegroup
in the area of the 79th Infantry Division / 6th Army / Army Group Don.
• Army Honor Roll Clasp: 6 November 1941
• Iron Cross 1st Class (1939): 18 June 1940
• Iron Cross 2nd Class (1939): 4 November 1939
• Infantry Assault Badge in Silver
• Wound Badge in Black
• Medal for the Winter Campaign in Russia 1941/1942 ("East Medal")
• Golden Hitler Youth Honor Badge





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