For such a decorated soldier not much has been published in books or online about Kurt Kühme. I would love a family member to contact me to provide further information.

The following information is currently available on the internet:

Kurt Kühme was born October 3, 1910 in Berlin Germany. He joined the German Army in 1932 and was assigned to Artillerie-Regiment 4 and by 1938 he was in command of the 5th Batterie. Before the invasion of Poland he was posted to Artillerie-Abteilung (motorised) 400. During the campaign in Poland, Kühme was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class. On the 1st of January 1940 he was assigned to the 1st Battery as the commander and was involved in the Western Campaigns where he was awarded the Iron Cross 1st Class.

In March 1943 he was posted as the commander VI. Abteilung/Artillerie Lehr Regiment 2 (mot.) in Jüterbog but was only there for a short time before being assigned to Sturmgeschütz Abteilung 280 in June 1943. In October 1943 he was made commander of the Abteilung and took it to the Eastern Front fighting around Tarnopol in Apr 1944. With heavy losses he took the now upgraded Brigade to Denmark where it was to receive replacements in men and material.

The unit was on its way to Aachen when Operation ‘Market Garden’ started and a third of the unit was employed at Arnhem where it turned the tide of battle with two members winning the Knights Cross. The Brigade went on to fight in Holland for a number of months.

Kurt Kühme left Sturmgeschützbrigade 280 in February 1945 where he was assigned to the Führerreserve of the OKH. It is unknown how he ended the war but there are some reports he was captured in the Kurland pocket and was not released by the Russians until 1955. After his release he joined the Bundeswehr. He died September 8, 1970 at Bad Aibling/Bayern.

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