Helmut Meitzel

Helmut Meitzel
Born (1920-04-24)24 April 1920
Died 9 July 2004(2004-07-09) (aged 84)
Bad Wildungen
Allegiance  Nazi Germany (to 1945)
 West Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Major (Wehrmacht)
Oberst (Bundeswehr)
Commands held II./Grenadier-Regiment 15 (mot.)

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Helmut Meitzel (24 April 1920 – 9 July 2004) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. He was also awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold one of only 631 awards.

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht references

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
16 January 1944 Bei den schweren Kämpfen im Raum nordwestlich Mignano hat sich das II. Bataillon des Panzergrenadierregiments 15 unter Hauptmann Meitzel sowie das II. Bataillon des Panzergrenadierregiments 71 unter Hauptmann Schneider hervorragend bewährt.[2] In the heavy fighting in the area northwest Mignano, the 2nd Battalion of the Panzergrenadier Regiment 15, under Captain Meitzel and the 2nd Battalion of the Panzergrenadier Regiment 71, under Captain Schneider, have exceptionally proven themselves.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 (in German). München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 1985. ISBN 3-423-05944-3.

External links

  • World War 2 Awards.com
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht

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