PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Hecker, Hans
Date of birth: February 26th, 1895 (Duisburg-Meidrich/Rhine Province, Germany)
Date of death:  May 1st, 1979 (Hannoversch Münden/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:  German
BIOGRAPHY: 
Promotions:
August 2nd, 1914: Fahnenjunker;
May 1915: Fähnrich;
July 1st, 1917: Leutnant;
July 31st, 1925: Oberleutnant (Rangdienstalter April 1st, 1925);
April 1st, 1933: Hauptmann;
October 1st, 1936: Major;
December 1st, 1939: Oberstleutnant;
December 17th, 1941: Oberst;
June 1st, 1944: Generalmajor.

Career:
August 2nd, 1914: 1. Lothringisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr. 33;
1915: 1. Lothringisches Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 16;
1917: Adjutant Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 328;
1919: Exit Reichsheer;
January 1st, 1924: 1. / 6. (Preussisches) Pionier-Bataillon;
November 1st, 1924: 6. (Preussisches) Artillerie-Regiment;
1925: 6. (Preussisches) Pionier-Bataillon;
April 1st, 1929: Brückenkolonne;
April 1st, 1930: Offizier Kommandantur Marienburg;
October 1st, 1931: 1. (Preussisches) Pionier-Bataillon;
March 1st, 1932: Chef 3. / 1. (Preussisches) Pionier-Bataillon;
april 15th, 1934: Lehrer Infanterieschule Dresden;
January 1st, 1935: Lehrer Kriegsakademie Dresden;
January 1st, 1936: Inspektion der Pioniers (In 5), Reichsminiterium;
?: Inspektion 5, Oberkommando des Heeres;
November 10th, 1938 - November 1st, 1941: Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 29;
November 1st, 1941: Führerreserve;
January 15th, 1942: Pionierführer Panzergruppe Afrika;
January 30th, 1942: Pionierführer Panzerarmee Afrika;
1942 - December 1st, 1942: Pionierführer Deutsch-Italienische Panzerarmee;
December 1st, 1942: Führerreserve;
December 1942 - January 1943: 5. Divisionführer-Lehrgang;
February 11th, 1943: Kommandeur 345. Infanterie-Division;
?: Kommandeur 29. Infanterie-Division (motorisiert);
January 22nd, 1944 - April 11th, 1944: mit den Führung beauftragd 26. Panzer-Division;
March 1st, 1944 - March 1944: mit den Führung beauftragd 3. Panzergrenadier-Division;
June 25th, 1944: Kommandeur 3. Panzergrenadier-Division;
October 3rd, 1944: Führerreserve;
May 3rd, 1945 - 1947: POW.
     
RITTERKREUZ DES EISERNEN KREUZES
Rank: Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit: Kommandeur Pionier-Bataillon 29 (motorisiert) / 29.Infanteriedivision “Falke” / 2. Armee / Heeresgruppe C
Awarded on: August 5th, 1940
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN GOLD
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Pionierführer Panzerarmee Afrika
Awarded on: September 19th, 1942
 
     
DEUTSCHES KREUZ IN SILBER
Rank: Oberst (Colonel)
Unit: Armee-Pioniers-Führer
Awarded on: September 19th, 1942
 
     
WEHRMACHTBERICHT
Rank: Generalmajor (Brigadier)
Awarded on: June 2nd, 1944
Action: Mentioning:
"In this section of the front have the 65. Infantry Division under Generalleutnant Pfeiffer, augmented by parts of the 4. Fallschirmjägerdivision which reinforced the 3. Panzergrenadierdivision under Generalmajor Hecker and units from the Army and the parachute troops assembled Kampfgruppe under Generalleutnant Greiner, well supported by artillery and anti-aircraft artillery of the Luftwaffe, particularly distinguished themselves."
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 1ER KLASSE 1914
 
     
1939 SPANGE ZUM EISERNEN KREUZES 2ER KLASSE 1914
 
     
KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 1.KLASSE MIT SCHWERTERN
 
     
KRIEGSVERDIENSTKREUZ 2.KLASSE MIT SCHWERTERN
 
     
EHRENKREUZ FÜR FRONTKÄMPFER
 
     
ÄRMELBAND AFRIKA
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 2. KLASSE, 18 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 3.KLASSE, 12 JAHRE
 
     
DIENSTAUSZEICHNUNG DER WEHRMACHT 4.KLASSE, 4 JAHRE
 
     
(ALLGEMEINES) STURMABZEICHEN
Details: Silver version.
 
     
COLONIAL ORDER OF THE STAR OF ITALY - COMMENDATORE
 
     
MEDAGLIA D'ARGENTO AL VALORE MILITARE
 
 
 
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Picture source:   - Dobri Dobrev
Information source(s):   - FELLGIEBEL, W.P., Elite of theThird Reich, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003.
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- Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
- Götte, F. & Peiler, H., Die 29.Falke-Division – 1936-1945 29.I.D.-29.I.D. (mot)-29.Pz.Gren.Div., Nebel Verlag GmbH, Eggolsheim, Deutschland, 2003
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