Helmut Bruck

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Helmut Bruck
Born 16 February 1913
Kittlitztreben
Died 25 August 2001(2001-08-25) (aged 88)
Veitlahm
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Luftwaffe
Years of service 1935–1945
Rank Oberst
Commands held StG 77
SG 77
SG 151
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
Other work Police officer
Forester

Helmut Bruck (16 February 1913 – 25 August 2001) was a highly decorated Oberst in the Luftwaffe during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. During his career he flew 973 missions.[Notes 1]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 May 1944 Das Schlachtgeschwader 77 unter Führung des Kommodore Eichenlaubträger Oberstleutnant Bruck hat sich bei den Kämpfen an der Ostfront besonders bewährt.[5] The Close Air Support Wing 77 under the command of Commodore and Oak Leaves bearer Lieutenant Colonel Bruck has particularly proven itself in combat on the Eastern Front.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For a list of Luftwaffe ground attack aces see List of German World War II Ground Attack aces

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 85.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 63.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 124.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 58.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 94.
Bibliography
  • Brütting, Georg (1995). Das waren die deutschen Stuka-Asse 1939 – 1945 [These were the German Stuka Aces 1939 - 1945] (in German). Stuttgart, Germany: Motorbuch. ISBN 978-3-87943-433-6. 
  • 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. 
  • Obermaier, Ernst (1976). Die Ritterkreuzträger der Luftwaffe 1939–1945 Band II Stuka- und Schlachtflieger [The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Luftwaffe 1941 – 1945 Volume II Dive Bomber and Attack Aircraft] (in German). Mainz, Germany: Verlag Dieter Hoffmann. ISBN 978-3-87341-021-3. 
  • 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 (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 
  • 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
Major Walter Enneccerus
Commander of Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
20 February 1943 – 18 October 1943
Succeeded by
Unit reorganized as Schlachtgeschwader 77
Preceded by
Previously Sturzkampfgeschwader 77
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 77
18 October 1943 – 16 February 1945
Succeeded by
Oberstleutnant Manfred Mossinger
Preceded by
Oberst Karl Christ
Commander of Schlachtgeschwader 151
7 December 1944 – 1 April 1945
Succeeded by
Major Karl Henze