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Jäger, Rolf Karl Ernst, Dr.med. (Fallschirmjäger)

Date of birth:
November 1st, 1912 (Klein Kunterstein/West Prussia, Germany)
Date of death:
January 6th, 1984 (Hagen/Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

15.09.1934: joined the Heer as First Aid section Inf.Reg. Gießen - 6.Infanterie-Division / Reichsheer
11.1934: Militärärztliche Akademie, Berlin
01.11.1935: transferred to the Luftwaffe
24.02.- 31.03.1936: Luftkriegsschule 2, Berlin-Gatow
06. - 30.10.1936: transferred to the Luftwaffe Sports School for medical training
01.1937: promoted to Unterarzt - Leutnant - Luftgau VI
22.12.1938: promoted to Arzt - Oberleutnant
01.02.1939: promoted to Oberarzt - Hauptmann
23.02.1940: transferred to the Fallschirmjäger-Sturmabteilung Koch
1939-1940: Fallschirm-Sturm-Bataillon Koch : Vroenhoven, Albert Canal in Belgium
As soon as he arrived, Jager began tending to the numerous wounded and injured paratroopers. Along with other medics he personally recovered the bodies of seven of his fallen comrades and recovered 24 wounded men whilst under heavy enemy fire, ignoring the severe risk to his own life
20.05.1940: promoted to Stabsarzt - Major
01.08.1940: Bataillonsarzt - I./ Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment 1, Hildesheim
05.1941: invasion of Crete then Eastern Front (Mittelabschnitt)
1942: promoted to Oberstabsarzt - Oberstleutnant
01.09.1942: 15./ Fallschirmjäger-Ergänzungs-Regiment 1
1944: fightings in Anzio and Nettuno, Italy
1945: Kdr - Chefarzt Fallschirm-Kriegs-Lazarett 21 - Tarvis/Tarvisio - north of Italy
08.05.1945: captured by the British
20.01.1947: released

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 12th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberarzt
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberarzt
Unit:
Truppenarzt, Fallschirm-Sturm-Abteilung Koch, 7. Flieger-Division, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
May 15th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Awarded for his actions with Sturm-Abteilung Koch during the assault on the Vroenhoven bridge. Upon landing he immediately set about his duties, and was able to recover and/or treat 7 dead and 24 wounded men of the Sturmgruppe despite heavy enemy fire. Jäger would be recognized appropriately for his dedication.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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