Hube, Hans Valentine, born 29-10-1890 in Naumburg an der Saale one and a half year after Adolf Hitler (did you know)
(see Hitler parents)(see William Hitler), he joined the Imperial German Army in 1906 and was commissioned into the 26th Infantry Regiment the following year. During the Great War he was in the thick of the fighting at Verdun in 1916. He was severely wounded and his right arm was amputated. Hube overcame the physical and psychological disability associated with being wounded and returned to duty. With the collapse of Germany in 1918 Hube applied for the much reduced, but elite, German Army, the newly organized Reichswehr . Hube was the only one armed officer to remain in service. In 1934 he was given the command of an experimental motorized battalion, the prototype of the Panzer formations. By 1940 he was promoted to colonel and led the 16th Infantry Division through conversion to full Panzer status. He succeeded Generalleutnant Heinrich Krampf Krampf died age 75 on 16-11-1963 in Munich. Hube demonstrated his skill and talent as a master tactician during Operation Barbarossa the German invasion of Josef Stalin‘s Russia. He was nicknamed Der Mensch, (“Real Man”) by his troops because of his reputation for being a tough, fair, courageous and of a completely outspoken character. In October 1942 he became a full General of Panzer Troops, was trapped with the Sixth Army of Generaloberst Friedrich Paulus, at Stalingrad and refused Hitler’s direct orders to evacuate insisting that he’d rather stay with his fellow soldiers. But Hitler wanted Hube out
and ordered a special SS detachment to fly in and bring him back personally. Sent to Sicily he commanded the 14th Panzer Corps in a delaying action and was one of the last German soldiers off that devastated island. Back on the Eastern Front in 1944 General Hube maneuvered 1st Panzer Army in the Ukraine so as not to be pinned down by superior Russian armies opposing him. The whole campaign in Normandy caused the 1st Panzer Division some 5.000 casualties. Also fighting battles against the Russian line of communications, as ordered by Generalfeldmarschall der Infanterie, Oberbefehlhaber Heeresgruppe Sud, Erich von Manstein,
he was constantly supplied by Luftwaffe air elements and eventually in conjunction with an attack by the 4th Panzer Army under Austrian Generaloberst der Panzertruppe, Ernst Raus Raus died of long problems age 67, on 03-04-1956 in Vienna, broke out through the Russian front line with his forces almost intact. Hube was personally decorated by Hitler for this fighting withdrawal, punching out of a large scale Soviet envelopment in early 1944.
Death and burial ground of Hube, Hans Valentine ” Der Mensch”.
While on route to take charge of Army Group South of the Ukraine area and on his leaders birthday, 21st April, Hube was killed in a plane crash. Hans Hube was a fighting General and one always knew where he stood. Hube age 63, is buried on the Invaliden Friedhof of Berlin, Gauleiter Joseph Goebbels, close to the graves of the flying aces, Generaloberst der Flieger, Director General of Equipment for the Luftwaffe, Ernst Udet and General der Flieger, Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 51, Werner “Vati” Mölders, the Field Marshal Walther von Reichenau , Gestapo leader, Reinhard Heydrich and former Armament Minister, Fritz Todt
. Hube was given a state funeral in Berlin on 26 April 1944. His coffin was laid out in the Reich Chancellery and the eulogy was delivered by Heinz Guderian
. The guard of honour consisted of the Generals Walther Nehring, Hermann Breith, Heinrich Eberbach and Hans Gollnick. Gollnick survived the war and died 15-02-1970 (aged 77) in Hamburg.