Helmut von Dawans – Biography – Battle of Normandy

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Sigismund-Helmut von Dawans

Biography

Sigismund-Helmut von Dawans was born on September 23, 1899.

At the beginning of the Second World War, he served in the 3rd Army “von Küchler” from 1 September to 6 October 1939. From 13 October the same year until 1 November, he was assigned to the 19th division of infantry.

In 1942, appointed colonel, Helmut von Dawans was assigned to the 3rd mechanized infantry corps before serving with the 3rd armored corps. On August 26, 1942, he received the German Gold Cross and was assigned to the 4th Army from May 15 to October 15, 1943.

On December 1, 1943 he was appointed head of the Panzergruppe West, whose headquarters are at La Caine in Normandy. Directly involved in the Normandy campaign that began June 6, 1944, he died on June 10, 1944 in La Caine during the bombing of the headquarters of Panzergruppe West by Royal Air Force aircraft.

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