PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Laebe, Heinz-Oskar
Date of birth: February 5th, 1913 (Peine/Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:  February 15th, 1999 (Peine/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Heinz Oskar Laebe joined the Hamburg Polizei in 1932 and the 12.Kompanie, Infanterie-Reigment 44 in 1935 where he became Chef of the 5.Kompanie on 1st October 1937. He was transferred as its Chef to 8.Kompanie on 1st January 1940 and became Führer of I.Bataillon on 1st January 1943. From 1st November 1944 he was Kommandeur of the Grenadier-Regiment 44.

Promotions:
1st January 1935: Leutnant der Preußischen Landespolizei;
15th October 1935: Leutnant;
1st October 1937: Oberleutnant;
1st November 1940: Hauptmann;
1st January 1943: Major;
1st August 1944: Oberstleutnant;
30th January 1945: Oberst.

Career:
1932: Preußischen Landespolizei;
15th October 1935: Zugführer des Begleitzuges12. / Infanterie-Regiment 44;
1st October 1937: Kompaniechef 5. / Infanterie-Regiment 44;
1939: Kompaniechef 8. / Infanterie-Reigment 44;
1st January 1943: Bataillonskommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44;
1st August 1944: Regimentsführer Grenadier-Regiment 23 / 11.Infanterie-Division;
30th January 1945: Regimentskommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division.
     
EISERNES KREUZ 2. KLASSE
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Chef 8. / Infanterie-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: October 2nd, 1939
Action: Received during the campaign in Poland.
 
     
EISERNES KREUZ 1. KLASSE
Rank: Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
Unit: Chef 8. / Infanterie-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: July 10th, 1940
Action: Received for action during the campaign in france.
 
     
INFANTERIE-STURMABZEICHEN
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: February 25th, 1943
Details: Silver version.
 
     
VERWUNDETENABZEICHEN 1939 IN SCHWARZ
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: March 17th, 1943
 
     
EHRENBLATTSPANGE DES HEERES UND WAFFEN-SS
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: March 28th, 1943
Action: Received for excellent achievements on thebattlefield at Tschernischewo, near Leningrad.
Details: 1650th Award.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division / L.Armee-Korps / 18.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on: March 7th, 1944
Action: For actions on the battlefield near Narva.
Details: 2779th Award.
 
     
NAHKAMPFSPANGE IN BRONZE
Rank: Major
Unit: Kommandeur I. / Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: June 8th, 1944
 
     
ÄRMELBAND KURLAND
Rank: Oberst
Unit: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on: April 20th, 1945
Action: For participating in six battles in Kurland.
 
     
RITTERKREUZ MIT EICHENLAUB
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 44 / 11. Infanterie-Division / II. Armee-Korps / 18. Armee / Heeresgruppe Kurland
Awarded on: April 29th, 1945
Action: Received for acting and his part in the sixth Kurland battle.
Details: 854th Award.
Awarding prepared bij Haupt Personal Amt and accepted by the Ordensgemeinschaf des Ritterkreuzes. Awarding date estimated by the OdR.
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
Information source(s):   - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
- Buxa, W., Weg und Schicksal der 11. Infanterie-Division, Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2004
- Vorläufiges Besitzzeugnis RK
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