|Born||2 February 1920
|Died||30 November 1967
Wertheim am Main, Germany
|Years of service||1936–1945|
|Unit||5th SS Panzer Division Wiking|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Wound Badge 
Helmut Bauer (2 February 1920 – 30 November 1967) was an Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. This was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.
Helmut Bauer was born on the 2 February 1920 in Mittelschefflenz Baden. In November 1938 he volunteered to join the SS and was posted to the 17th Company, SS Deutschland Regiment stationed in Ellwangen.
World War II
In the summer of 1942, Bauer was transferred to the 5th SS Panzer Battalion as a platoon commander in the 3rd Company, in 1943 and Bauer was promoted to Oberscharführer (Senior Group Leader) and involved in the heavy fighting the Battalion was involved in during July and August. During the fighting around Andreyevka and Izium he displayed his leadership talents supporting the 2nd Company which was engaged by a number of T-34 and T-60 tanks. Bauer decided to attack and destroyed them without loss. For which he was awarded the Knight's Cross in September 1943.
After a lengthy stay in hospital recovering from a serious wound in 1944, Bauer was promoted to Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant) and returned to the SS Wiking as a Company commander and by the end of the war promoted to Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant).
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