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Ziegler, Joachim

Date of birth:
October 19th, 1904 (Hanau am Main/Hessen, Germany)
Date of death:
May 2nd, 1945 (Berlin, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Joachim Ziegler was transferred to the Waffen-SS in June 1943 and finally became Brigadeführer (Generalmajor). Was killed during the Battle for Berlin on May 2nd 1945.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1939
Spanienkreuz, Gold mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Adjutant 3.Panzer-Brigade / 3.Panzer-Division
Awarded on:
September 23rd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
Generalstabsoffizier Ic 7.Panzer-Division "Gespenster-Division"
Awarded on:
June 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst im Generalstab (Colonel)
Unit:
Chef des Generalstabes XXXIX.Panzer-Korps
Awarded on:
March 14th, 1943
Details:
Award 329/8.
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nordland" / III.(germanischer) SS-Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord
Awarded on:
September 5th, 1944
Action:
Ziegler received the Knight's Cross for his role as commander of the 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nordland" during the German defensive success at the Tannenberg Line in summer 1944.
Details:
3560th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (Brigadier)
Unit:
Kommandeur 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nordland" / III.(germanischer) SS-Panzer-Korps
Awarded on:
April 28th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Received for the following actions...
1) Preventing a Soviet breakthrough in his sector during their assault on Libau on 24/25.01.1945.
2) Relieving the town of Arnswalde on 15.02.1945. He was able to smash through the Soviet defences and permitted the escape of 1100 soldiers, 1000 wounded and 7000 civilians.
3) Defending against Soviet attacks toward Stettin in March 1945. In the period from 03-18.02.1945 his division destroyed 194 tanks.
Details:
848th Award.

Sources

  • Photo 1: Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer, Elite of the Third Reich - The Recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-45: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, England, 2003
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001
    - Yerger, Mark C., Waffen-SS Commanders – The Army, Corps and Divisional Leaders of a Legend; Krüger to Zimmermann, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., USA, 1999
    - Mitcham Jr., S.W. Rommel’s Lieutenants – The Men Who Served the Dessert Fox, France, 1940, Praeger Security International, Westport, U.S.A., 2006
    - Krätschmer, E.G., Die Ritterkreuzträger der Waffen-SS, Nation Europa Verlag GmbH, Coburg, Deutschland, Auflage 2003

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