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Diddo Diddens

Diddo Diddens
Born 22 April 1917
Died 27 September 1997(1997-09-27) (aged 80)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1938–44
Rank Hauptmann der Reserve
Unit Sturmgeschützabteilung Großdeutschland

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Diddo Diddens (22 April 1917 – 27 September 1997) was a highly decorated Hauptmann der Reserve in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient 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.

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Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
27 April 1944 Nördlich von Jassy traten die Sowjets mit starken Kräften zum Angriff an. Sie scheiterten am zähen Widerstand der deutschen und rumänischen Truppen. Örtliche Einbrüche wurden abgeriegelt. In diesem Kampfraum hat sich am 25. April ein Sturmgeschützverband der Panzergrenadierdivision "Großdeutschland" unter Führung von Oberleutnant Diddens besonders ausgezeichnet.[5] North of Jassy, the Soviets attacked with strong forces. They failed because of the tenacious resistance of the German and Romanian troops. Local penetrations were sealed off. In this battle area has an assault gun unit of the Panzergrenadier Division "Großdeutschland" under the leadership of Lieutenant Diddens particularly distinguished itself on 25 April.


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 117.
  2. ^ a b c Thomas and Wegmann 1985, p. 70.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 135.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 71.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 89.

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  • World War 2
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
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