HUND Willi NEW~
*February 23rd, 1923 (Wiesbaden/Hessen, Germany)
+April 30th, 2002 (Meerbusch, Germany)
Knights Cross: April 20th, 1945
As: Kommandeur 7./Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 23 “Norge”/ 11.Freiwillige-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Nordland”/ III.Panzer-Korps
Postwar signed photo measuring 4” x 6”
By the end of the war, Willi Hund had been awarded the Wound Badge in Gold, the Tank Destruction Badge in Silver, and had qualified for the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (although he never received the physical award). Hund was recommended for the Honour Roll Clasp of the Army, which was endorsed by Regimental Commmander Fritz Knöchlein; and approved on 10.11.1944 by Divisional Commander Joachim Ziegler. Hund's award for the Honour Roll Clasp was for the following action;
"On the night of 15./16.10.1944 -Ostuf Hund commanded his company, the company adjoining the Korps boundary line, on the left wing of the II./ Pz. Rgt. 23 "Norge" at height 126, 15 km east of Preekuln. After several heavy attacks on 16., 17. and 20.10.1944 on the dominating height 126, the enemy succeeded on 27.10.1944 after about 2 1/2 hours of heavy drumfire on the main battle line and above all on height 126 with far superior forces and strong tank support, overrunning the main battle line and achieving a deep penetration at the approach and on the left flank of the battalion. Ostuf Hund was then ordered to take and hold the high ground around and north of the rollbahn at Gegeri, with his weak remaining units and share a gathered replacement unit, in order to prevent an imminent enemy breakthrough on Preekuln along the rollbahn. Although the enemy was already on the rollbahn at around 13.00 o'clock in strength of more than 400 men including heavy weapons on the left flank of the battalion, the right wing of the battalion had been pushed back to a depth of more than 2km by strong enemy forces and 4 enemy tanks, and the right flank of the bataillon had been bypassed as well. Ostuf Hund fought off all enemy attacks on the heights north of Gegeri and along the rollbahn due to his outstanding steadfastness and unbending will to resist without regard to the threatening encirclement of the left flank. He also inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. More than 30 enemy troops were captured during the course of an independently led counterattack by Hund. By the steadfast attitude of Ostuf Hund and the units subordinated to him, the dominating high ground around Gegeri could be held and the rollbahn to Preekuln could be held. At the same time, this created the prerequisites for carrying out one's own counter-attacks in the late afternoon, through which the old main battle line could be reinstated."
Hund received the Honour Roll Clasp on 17.12.1944 as SS-Obersturmführer and Chef 7.Kompanie/ II.Bataillon/ Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 23 “Norge” (norwegisch Nr. 1) / 11.Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Nordland”.
Hund's award of the Knight's Cross is disputed, and no documentary evidence .
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