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Helmut Arpke

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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Luftwaffe
Name  Helmut Arpke
Unit  Luftlande-Sturm-Regiment
Helmut Arpke
Born  20 March 1917 Graudenz (1917-03-20)
Rank  Oberleutnant der Reserve
Battles/wars  World War II Battle of Fort Eben-Emael Battle of Crete Eastern Front
Died  January 16, 1942, Kaluga, Russia
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Battles and wars  World War II, Battle of Fort Eben-Emael, Battle of Crete, Eastern Front

Helmut Arpke (born 20 March 1917 in Graudenz; killed in action 16 January 1942 near Schaikowka) was a member of the Fallschirmjager during World War II and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his actions during the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.


  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class (12 May 1940)
  • 1st Class (12 May 1940)
  • Cuffband "Crete"
  • Eastern Front Medal
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 13 May 1940 as Feldwebel in the assault group "Stahl" of the Luftlande-Sturm-Abteilung "Koch"
  • References

    Helmut Arpke Wikipedia

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