Georg-Wilhelm Postel

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Georg-Wilhelm Postel
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Born 25 April 1896
Zittau
Died 20 September 1953 (1953-09-21) (aged 57)
Shakhty, Russia
Allegiance German Empire German Empire (to 1918)
Germany Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–45
Rank Generalleutnant
Commands held 320. Infanterie-Division
XXX. Armeekorps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Georg-Wilhelm Postel (25 April 1896 in Zittau – 20 September 1953 in Shakhty, Russia) was a general in the German Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

After taking part in the unsuccessful counter-attack against Vasily Chuikov's 8th Guards Army in Moldova in May 1944, Postel was taken prisoner of war on 30 August 1944 after the capitulation of Romania and sentenced to 25 years of forced labour on 4 June 1949. Postel died in custody on 20 September 1953 of Tuberculosis. He was interred on the prisoner of war cemetery in Shakhty row 3, grave 14.

Awards[edit]

References in the Wehrmachtbericht[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
14 February 1943 Eine aus vorgeschobenen Stützpunkten zurückgenommene Infanteriedivision hat in neuntägigen schweren Kämpfen unter vorbildlicher Führung ihres Divisionskommandeurs Generalmajor Postel starke feindliche Kräfte durchstoßen, vernichtet und alsdann die eigenen Linien erreicht.[4] An Infantry Division composed of withdrawn forward strong points under the exemplary leadership of its divisional commander Generalmajor Postel penetrated the strong enemy forces, destroyed them and returned to their own lines in a nine days lasting battle.
19 January 1944 In den Kämpfen im Südabschnitt der Ostfront hat sich die schlesische 320. Infanteriedivision unter Führung des Generalleutnants Postel besonders ausgezeichnet.[5] The Silesian 320th Infantry Division, under the leadership of Generalleutnant Postel, exceptionally distinguished itself in combat in the southern sector of the eastern front.
31 August 1944 (Addendum) Im Südabschnitt der Ostfront hat sich das XXX. Armeekorps, unter Führung des Generalleutnants Postel mit der 306. Infanteriedivision, 15. Infanteriedivision und 13. Panzerdivision in aufopfernden Kämpfen gegen überlegene überlegene feindliche Kräfte heldenmütig geschlagen.[6] The 30th Army Corps under the leadership of Generalleutnant Postel together with the 306th Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Division and 13th Panzer Division fought heroically in sacrificial battles against superior forces in the southern sector of the eastern front.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Possible misspelling by Patzwall and Scherzer who list a Georg Postei (sic).[2]

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 168.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 357.
  3. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 603.
  4. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 442.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 14.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 226.
Bibliography
  • Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-0-6. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). 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] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 2, 1 January 1942 to 31 December 1943] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Maderholz
Commander of 320. Infanterie-Division
2 December 1942 – 26 May 1943
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Kurt Röpke
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Kurt Röpke
Commander of 320. Infanterie-Division
20 August 1943 – 10 July 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Otto Schell
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Maximilian Fretter-Pico
Commander of XXX. Armeekorps
16 July 1944 – 30 August 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm Neumann