- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
- Kommandierender General, V. SS-Korps, Waffen-SS
- Awarded on:
- March 8th, 1945
Jeckeln’s Oakleaves recommendation reads as follows…
“Knight’s Cross Holder SS-Obergruppenführer Jeckeln, along with his Korps, has been defending against the strong attacks of the overwhelming enemy tank forces in weeks of heavy fighting up until the 08.02.1945. These enemy forces were attempting to collapse the Oder front southeast of Breslau as well as cut-off and destroy the German units in this area.
SS-Obergruppenführer Jeckeln, responding to each new situation, has once again proven himself through his steadfastness and imperturbability while leading his Korps in very difficult tasks. Showing skillful tactical leadership and constant personal intervention at the hot spots of the front, he has checked the Russian intentions while inflicting heavy losses on them. During its holding of the Oder front Jeckeln’s Korps has prevented the enemy from forming bridgeheads and bought critical time for the higher command to initiate countermeasures in the already critical frontline situation. The energy and prudent leadership of SS-Obergruppenführer Jeckeln is solely responsible for the fact that the potential crises could be mastered.
Even after the enemy had succeeded in creating an Oder bridgehead at Brieg following great effort, SS-Obergruppenführer understood the necessity of preventing the enemy from expanding to the south and southwest in the wake of a major augmentation of their attacking forces by a dangerous buildup of materiel.
The achievements of Jeckeln’s Korps are particularly praiseworthy in light of the fact that it was chiefly composed of unexperienced police formations, hastily assembled alarm units, Hitlerjugend and Volkssturm. And it was the energy of SS-Obergruppenführer Jeckeln, along with his distinct leadership style and constant personal intervention, that enabled these successes to take place (which in turn had a decisive effect on the development of the situation in the Breslau area.
On the grounds of his renewed and outstanding service, SS-Obergruppenführer Jeckeln is fully worthy of the award of the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross.”