Michaelis, Hans Klaus

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Michaelis, Hans Klaus, born 10-09-1910 in Hesedorf im Kreis Bremervörde, as son of a WWI Vizefeldwebels, Sergeant and farmer. His first choice was the Naval Service, but he joined the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Hansiatic Battalion on 08-10-1928, in Bremen. In 1930 he was transferred as a torpedo sailor to the Navy. Michaelis remained in the new Reichswehr   and became a Leutnant in the 37th Infantry Regiment. Michaelis was involved in the Poland and France invasion as a rifle Company Chief and in Operation Barbarossa   as a Machine Gun Company Chief in the 184th Infantry Regiment. For bravery he received the Iron cross  on 23-06-1940 and as Oberleutnant commander of the II Battalion of the 184th Infantry Regiment. He would be soon the commander of the 184th Regiment on 01-07-1943 and on 28-02-1942 he was awarded with the German Cross in Gold.  On 13-10-1943 as a Major he received the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross for fighting with his regiment in the region of Isbitschni against 3 Soviet Divisions and a Panzer Regiment with 30 US tanks type M 3 S. Leutnant General Helmuth Weidling, later General of the Artillery and Battle Commander of Berlin, he died in a Russian prison camp age 64, on 17-11-1955 Bundesarchiv_Bild_146-1983-028-05,_Helmuth_Weidling offered Michaelis a Ritterkreuz for his personal intervention in the battle. On 01-11-1943 promoted to Oberstleutnant and commander of the 52nd ä Jäger Regiment with the 6th Luftwaffen Field Division  until 30-06-1944. On 01-07-1944 he, as the youngest in the Wehrmacht, was promoted to Oberst, landed in Soviet captivity for almost five years and recognised by the Soviets as a “hero” and a character. Michaelis was a member of the National Committee of Free Germany with Field Marshal, Friedrich von Paulus “Der Lord”   and General of the Artillerie, Walther von Seydlitz Kurzbach  

 

 

Death and burial ground of Michaelis, Hans Klaus.

Released on 01-04-1949 he started as a harbour worker, but climbed up to vice president of the Seaport Bremen. Living in Bremen, Michaelis died at the age of 64, on 17-11-1955 and many people came from the whole country to honour him. He is buried with his wife Kächer, born Kahne, who died old age 85, 20-05-2001, in a family grave on the Stadtfriedhof of Hesedorf.

 

Cemetery and grave location of Michaelis, Hans Klaus.

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