Wegerer, Ferdinand

Date of birth:
August 9th, 1917 (Neusiedl/Lower Austria, Austria)
Date of death:
December 8th, 1999 (Pernitz/Lower Austria, Austria)
Nationality:
Austrian (1918-1938, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Schützen-Regiment 10 / 9. Panzer-Division / 1. Panzergruppe / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
July 10th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Schützen-Regiment 10 / 9. Panzer-Division / 1. Panzergruppe / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
August 28th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Unteroffizier (Junior Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 / 9.Panzer-Division / LVI.Panzer-Korps / 1.Panzerarmee / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
October 8th, 1943
Details:
2200th Award
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 / 9.Panzer-Division / IV.Armee-Korps / 6.Armee / Heeresgruppe Südukraine
Awarded on:
June 4th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for his victorious combat on 14.03.1944, near Vladimirovka. On this day Wegerer's SPW platoon was ordered to support a friendly German artillery unit that was engaged in infantry combat. En-route however he noticed that strong Soviet forces had captured Hill 84.3, located deep in the rear of his battlegroup. On his own initiative he determined this group to represent a more dangerous threat, and he counterattacked them with his halftracks. He managed to break into the enemy ranks and destroyed them. After pursuing the survivors he then proceeded to fulfill his original mission.
Details:
483rd Award
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Wilco Vermeer
  • Photo: Wilco Vermeer collection, the Netherlands
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1998.
    - Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, 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
    - Berger, F., Ritterkreuzträger aus Österreich und den k.u.k. Kronländern, Selbstverlag Florian Berger, Wien, Österreich, 2006
    - das-Ritterkreuz.de

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