Issue #35

The Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket:
Hube’s Great Escape

By Jeff Chrisman

B y April 1944, Hans Valentin Hube was a highly decorated leader of the German panzer force. He’d risen from the rank of colonel at the beginning of the war to lieutenant general. Lt. Hube had lost his right arm in combat during the First World War, and he was the only handicapped offi cer to be retained in the army afterward. In 1941 he commanded 16th Panzer Division in its advance across the Ukraine and then to the banks of the Volga at Stalingrad the next year. Along the way he earned the Knights Cross and subsequently Oak Leaves to go with it.

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