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Helmut Borchardt
Born (1917-08-01)August 1, 1917
Died 15–18 March 1945 (aged 27)
Place of birth Woedtke
Place of death Küstrin
Allegiance Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany (to 1945)
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938 - 1945
Rank Oberfeldwebel
Commands held Kompanie "Borchardt"
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Helmut Borchardt (1 August 1917 – 15–18 March 1945[Note 1]) was a highly decorated Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Helmut Borchardt was killed between 15–18 March 1945 after the breakout of fortress Schneidemühl and on 14 April 1945 he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves.

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. According to Scherzer he was killed in action in the timeframe 15 to 18 March 1945 in the vicinity of Küstrin.[1]

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Citations
  1. Scherzer 2007, p. 234.
  2. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 119.
  3. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 84.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2003). Eichenlaubträger 1940 - 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe I Abraham - Huppertz (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite. ISBN 3-932381-20-3.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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 (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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