Wagner, Jürgen

Date of birth:
September 9th, 1901 (Strasbourg/Alsace, Germany)
Date of death:
April 5th, 1947 (Belgrade, Yougoslavia)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Jürgen Wagner was hanged in Belgrade on 5th April 1947.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 16th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Standartenführer
Unit:
SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Germania"
Awarded on:
December 8th, 1942
Details:
Award 248/8.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania" / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division „Wiking“ / 1.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1943
Action:
Wagner's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"During the attack on the Donez west of Izyum carried out by the opponent since the 16.7.1943 with strong forces and the support of numerous tanks, the reinforced Regiment "Germania" under the leadership of its' Commander, SS-Oberführer Wagner, was engaged in the focal point of the battle. On the 17. and 18.7.1943 they counterattacked the enemy who had broken in, and on 19.7.1943 fought back strong enemy attacks. In the course of the counterattack on 18.7.1943 the Regiment captured the important villages of Ssawodskoj and Ssrednij, and on 19.7.1943 they repelled attacks from the 20th Guards Rifle Division and two tank brigades.
Thanks to the quick capture of the villages of Ssawodskoj and Ssrednij, an enemy breakthrough attempt that could have endangered the whole front south of Izyum was prevented, and the further employment of strong enemy forces over the Donez was avoided. On 19.7.1943 the opponent broke through to the north of Andrejewka with two tank brigades and strong infantry units and pushed in a southeasterly direction towards Andrejewka.
Seeing the danger of this assault due to the depth of the penetration achieved by the enemy battle group, as the prisoner statements later corroborated, SS-Oberführer Wagner on his own initiative deployed the II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Germania" for an immediate counterattack. He did this although the battalion already had orders to finish off an enemy penetration at Ssawodskoj. During this heavy battle SS-Oberführer Wagner was the soul of the fight. Thanks to his personal impulse, readiness for action and by staying in the focal point of the fight, he accomplished the annihilation of the numerically vastly superior opponent and the destruction of 35-40 tanks with proportionally weak forces. With that, the planned breakthrough of the opponent was prevented and the main fighting line was won back and again firmly in our hands."
Details:
1896th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
Unit:
Kommandeur 4.SS-Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier-Brigade "Nederland" / III.(germanische) Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
December 11th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Awarded for the following actions...
1) His skillful conduct of defensive operations on the Narva front around Lilienbach from 8 March 1944 until the end of the same month.
2) On 12./13.08.1944 the Soviets broke through the front of 18. Armee west of Pleskov lake. This threaten Dorpat and the southern flank of Armee-Abteilung Narwa. Wagner collected a blocking force in Dorpat over the next two days. At 0415 on the 16th the Soviets launched a surprise attack over the connection between Lakes Peipus and Pleskov at Mehikoorma and approached Dorpat. Wagner used all available forces to counterattack, throwing the Soviets back East and reopening the retreat routes for the 207. Sicherungs-Division. Over the next few days Wagner was able to stand firm with his forces until relieved by the 87. Infanterie-Division, which finally brought a halt to the Soviet attack.
3) On 23.09.1944 Wagner's brigade was used to seal off an enemy breakthrough in the sector of the L. Armeekorps, near Wolmar. After three days of fighting they succeeded in their mission and L. (as well as II.) Armeekorps were able to establish new defensive positions.
4) On 14.10.1944 Wagner's brigade was placed under the command of the 11. Infanterie-Division in the area of Barta to seal off a hole in the German frontline north of the Tirs-Purvs-Marsh. Dividing his forces into four assault groups, Wagner and his men were able to destroy the enemy after a three day fight.
Details:
680th Award.

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