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Adolf Wilhelm Abel
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Adolf Abel
Born (1914-10-18)18 October 1914
Died 26 August 1944(1944-08-26) (aged 29)
Place of birth Gerdt
Place of death near Gura Galbenei, Moldova
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1934–1944
Rank Oberstleutnant
Commands held Grenadier-Regiment 570
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Adolf Wilhelm Abel (18 October 1914 – 26 August 1944) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German language: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Adolf Abel was killed in action in the morning hours on 26 August 1944 roughly 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Gura Galbenei, Moldova. He himself had attached a concentrated charge on a Russian vehicle and was killed by its explosion.

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Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Thomas and Wegmann 1987, p. 3.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 10.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 113.
  4. Scherzer 2007, p. 187.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz; Wegmann, Günter (1987) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Teil III: Infanterie Band 1: A–Be [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the German Wehrmacht 1939–1945 Part III: Infantry Volume 1: A–Be]. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-1153-2. 

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