4 July 1915|
11 March 1985
Frankfurt am Main
|Years of service||1934–45|
508th Heavy Panzer Battalion
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
Helmut Hudel (4 July 1915 – 11 March 1985) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht 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. Helmut Hudel was captured by American troops in April 1945 in the Ruhr Pocket.
Awards and decorations
Iron Cross (1939)
- 2nd Class (2 July 1941)
- 1st Class (21 July 1941)
- Eastern Front Medal (8 August 1942)
- Panzer Badge
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 195.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 59.
- 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.
- 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.
- Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Commander of 508th Heavy Panzer Battalion
January 1944 – May 1944