Hell, Ernst, born 19-09-1887 in Stade, Niedersachsen, joined the Army on 01-03-1906, age 18 as a Fahnenjunker in 1st Kurhessisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 11. On 16-08-1907 he was promoted to Lieutnant. Transferred to the 1st Lothringisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 33 and with this Regiment in the fields of the first war. Hell received both the Iron Crosses for bravery on the front. He remained in the 100.000 men Reichswehr and became a Major General on 01-06-1938, with the command of the 269th Infantry Regiment in 1940. Promoted to Lieutenant General on 01-07-1940 and lost his command of the 269th on 12-08-1940 and appointed as commander of the 15th Infantry Division, former commander was General der Infanterie, Friedrich Chappuis. Hell commanded this division in the battle against Russia middle. The division was destroyed in August 1944 during the Soviet Iasi-Chisinau Operation. In October 1944 a new 15. Infanterie-Division was raised near Clui-Napoca using the remainders of the old division and new recruits. On 05-05-1945 the division surrendered to the Red Army at Brod. Hell lost this command on 08-01-1942 to Oberst Alfred Schreiber and assigned as commander of the VII Army Corps, former commander General der Artillerie, Wilhelm Fahrmbacher. He fought heavy defending battles in the rear of Woronesh in the summer of 1942 as the Russians launched different attacks. For his behavior he received the German Cross in Gold. He was awarded with the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross on 01-02-1943. Heavy retreating battles followed in the area of Kursk and Dnjeper and in 1944 in the rear of Tscherkassy. Hell’s named was called and honored in the official Wehrmacht announces on 12-03-1944. He received the Oak Leaves on 04-06-1944 and landed in Russian captivity after battles in Rumania in the Summer of 1944.
Death and burial ground of Hell, Ernst Eberhard.
First released by intervention of Konrad Adenauer in October 1955, Hell retired in Wiesbaden as many Generals did. Ernst Hell died at the age of 85, on 15-09-1973 and is buried with his wife Irene, born Bath, who died old age 87, on 19-05-1979, on the Südfriedhof of Wiesbaden. Wiesbaden apparently a popular place, and you can find the graves of General der Infanterie, Commandeur der 76th Infanterie Division , Erich Abraham, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 145th Artillerie Division, Rudolf Henrici, General der Artillerie/Flieger. Kommandeur der 4th Panzer Heeresgruppe, Alexander Andrea, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Director of Replacement Army Corps XII, Max von Basse, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur III Luftwaffe Ersatz Battalion, Wolf von Biedermann, Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der LIX Armee Korps, Hellmut von Chevallerie, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 153th Feld Division, Karl Edelmann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 560, Besancon, Paul von Felbert, Generalleutnant Inspekteur der Artillerie, Kommandeur 106th Infanterie Division , Werner Forst, Generalmajor der Pioniere, Kommandeur der 87th Grenadier Battallion, Hans Halke, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandant Flughafen Bezirk 8/VI, Anton Heidenreich, Generalstabarzt der Wehrmacht, Walter Kittel, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Schule Infanterie /Kavallerie, Kurt Lindner, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Lufwaffe Ersatz Division, Franz Nowak, General der Polizei, Oskar Wantke and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur of Magdeburg, 1944, Hans Zanthier.