Early in World War II, he was promoted to the rank of General. In 1942, he commanded a Panzer Corps at the Battle of Stalingrad. In November 1942, Soviet forces surrounded the Germans. In January 1943, Hube was airlifted out of Stalingrad. His entire Panzer Corps was killed or captured by the Soviet. In the summer of 1943 he commanded German forces in Sicily.
In October 1943 he took command of the First Panzer Army, which had 200,000 men. In February 1944, his forces assisted German soldiers escaping from the Cherkassy-Korsun Pocket. In late March 1944, the entire First Panzer Army was surrounded by Soviet forces led by Marshals Georgi Zhukov and Ivan Konev. The Panzer Army had to retreat in very difficult conditions. On April 15 1944, they broke through the Soviet lines but had to abandon most of their tanks, supplies and heavy equipment. On 21 April 1944, Hube was killed in a plane crash.