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Wecker, Franz

Date of birth:
March 21st, 1911 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
January 26th, 1994 (Ingolstadt/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
I. Bataillon, Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 100, 5. Gebirgs-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
October 23rd, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberstleutnant (Lieutenant-colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur, Jäger-Regiment 734, 104. Jäger-Division, Heer
Awarded on:
May 9th, 1945
Wecker’s Knight’s Cross recommendation…

“Oberstleutnant Wecker and his depleted Regiment succeeded in capturing the high ground south of Slunj on the 13.04.1945. Then, on the same day, Oberstleutnant Wecker made the independent decision to continue his advance and launch a surprise attack into the city of Slunj itself. Personally leading in the thick of the combat, he and his men captured the city. Oberstleutnant Wecker himself launched a coup-de-main with 30 men that seized a decisive bridge in the northern part of Slunj. He and his Regiment then held the city against strong Tito partisan forces until the bulk of the Division arrived as reinforcements.

The capture of Slunj prevented enemy reinforcements from moving through the area, and the control of the bridge enabled the continuation of the friendly thrust towards the north on the following day. This in turn led to the establishment of contact with Kampfgruppe Hammerschmidt. All of this shattered the encirclement ring around the 104. Jäger-Division and freed it up for new employment elsewhere. This latter result was decisive for the stabilization of the situation in the area southwest of Agram.

This recommendation is being forwarded by telex due to a lack of regular contact through the normal channels.”
Proposal arrived at HPA on 21-4-1945, supported by all superiors, no further handling, unfinished at war's end. Accepted by OdR in accordance with so-called "Dönitz-Erlass", award date determined by Fellgiebel.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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