Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

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Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

Post by Peter H » 14 Oct 2007 06:47

Huebner(1919-1981) of Flak Regiment 33 was the "first private soldier of the Afrikakorps to receive the Knight's Cross".

Credited with knocking out 24 tanks up to December 1941 as a 88mm gunner.

The award was made at Leipzig on the 7th March 1942 after Flak Regiment 33 had returned to Germany for refitting in February 1942.Eric Heintze,his gun commander,was also awarded the RKT.

Huebner spent many months in hospital overcoming an infection he picked up in North Africa.Later he saw action in Normandy in 1944.Leutnant Huebner was captured by the Americans in May 1945.

From: http://www.afrika-korps.de/forum/index.php


Heintze(left) and Huebner(right) receive their RKTs
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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 14 Oct 2007 13:29

Hello Peter!

Gefreiter Arnold Huebner was, to my knowledge, also the first RKT from the Mannschaft of the Luftwaffe. Here's a nice photograph of Huebner...

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http://presentations.uib.no/pls/portal/ ... _PART.show


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Post by Doktor Krollspell » 14 Oct 2007 18:15

And while I'm at it... A photograph of both Arnold Huebner (left) and Erich Heintze (right):


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http://presentations.uib.no/pls/portal/ ... _PART.show


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Post by Peter H » 15 Oct 2007 05:52

Thanks Krollspell.Great photos.

Heintze passed way in 1998.

Does anyone know if it was common to move units back from Afrika to Germany for refitting?

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Post by Peter H » 18 Oct 2007 11:55

Huebner in Afrika.

From Knight's Cross Holders of the Afrikakorps,Kurowski

Note RKT added to portrait
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Post by Elwyn W » 19 Jan 2008 16:09

Any guess as to who was the Luftwaffe general decorating Huebner and Heintze? Pellberg?

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Post by Dieter Zinke » 19 Jan 2008 18:09

freiherr wrote:Any guess as to who was the Luftwaffe general decorating Huebner and Heintze? Pellberg?

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Hallo Freiherr,

it was GLt. Feyerabend (14. Flak-Division)

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Post by Elwyn W » 21 Jan 2008 14:40

As always, thank you very much, Dieter. (BTW found the right Bundesarchiv folks. Frau Kuhl knows you well!)

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Re: Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 07 Jun 2009 04:51

Another shot from Huebner's RK ceremony...

Source : Wehrmacht Awards Forum
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Re: Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

Post by Anas sawallha » 09 Sep 2009 11:30

Hi
here is photo of Huebner from Osprey's books about RK winners
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Re: Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

Post by AlifRafikKhan » 24 May 2010 14:22

Another picture from RK ceremony : Generalleutnant Walter Feyerabend presenting Ritterkreuz to Erich Heintze...

Source : http://wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/show ... ost4029748
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Re: Gefreiter Arnold Huebner

Post by mjölnir » 25 May 2010 10:48

There is in Germany a little book of the edition "Ritterkreuzprofile" about Arnold Hübner's life ("Arnold Hübner - der erste Gefreite des Afrikakorps mit Ritterkreuz"). The book has 44 pages with many pictures of Arnold Hübner (many unknown pictures from his family).
The book was published at Unitec Medienvertrieb E.K. (www.Unitec-Medienvertriebe.de)
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