Wegener, Wilhelm

    Date of birth:
    April 29th, 1895 (Treebatsch-Beeskow/Brandenburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    September 24th, 1944 (Wolmar an der Düna, Latvia)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    1914: Kadet;
    August 2nd, 1914: Fähnrich;
    1915: Leutnant;
    1925: Oberleutnant;
    February 1st, 1930: Hauptmann (- 18);
    November 1st, 1935: Major (- 39);
    ?: Oberstleutnant;
    September 1st, 1941: Oberst;
    June 1st, 1942: Generalmajor;
    March 1st, 1943: Generalleutnant;
    December 1st, 1943: General der Infanterie.

    Career:
    August 2nd, 1914: Grenadier-Regiment Graf Gneisenau (Pommersches Nr.2) Nr. 9, Stargard;
    1916 - 1919: French POW;
    October 1st, 1919: Reichswehr-Infanterie-Regiment 3;
    1935: Adjutant Infanterie-Regiment 25;
    1936: IIa, Stab 32. Infanterie-Division;
    September 1st, 1939: IIa, Stab II. Armeekorps;
    July 1st, 1940: Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 94
    May 14th, 1942: Führerreserve;
    June 2nd, 1942: Kommandeur 32. Infanterie-Division;
    June 27th, 1943: Führerreserve;;
    September 17th, 1943: mit der Führung beauftragd L. Armeekorps;
    December 1st, 1943: Kommandierender General L. Armeekorps;
    April 1944: Führer Armeegruppe "Wegener".

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 26th, 1939
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    May 29th, 1940
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst
    Unit:
    Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 94 / 32.Infanterie-Division / II.Armee-Korps / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
    Awarded on:
    October 27th, 1940
    Action:
    Awarded the Knight's Cross for the following actions...
    1. His successes on 24.07.1941. On this day three Soviet divisions attacked his division in the left flank at dawn while it was in marching formations. They were largely repelled, but groups of them infiltrated between the German columns in another attempt at causing damage. These were hunted down and destroyed by Wegener's regiment in heavy forest battles, and in doing so they saved the staff of the 32. Infanterie-Division from being overrun by the Soviets.
    2. The distinguished performance of his regiment during the battles of late 1941 in the sector of 16. Armee. Specifically during the attack on Cholm, the defense of the bridgehead there, and finally in the German defensive combats east of Demyansk.
    Details:
    627th Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberst
    Unit:
    Kommandeur Infanterie-Regiment 94 / 32.Infanterie-Division / 16.Armee / Heeresgruppe Nord
    Awarded on:
    January 19th, 1942
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Action:
    Wegener's regiment was one of the units encircled at Demyansk in early 1942, fighting bitter defensive battles there. In January 1942 the Soviets launched an attack in the Watolino sector and captured the village of Medyanki. Wegener counterattacked this breakthrough with his battalion Stuppi and was able to eject the enemy from the town after bitter house to house fighting, securing it in the late afternoon of 15.1.1942. In doing so Wegener's men destroyed a Soviet regiment and prevented their continued breakthrough to the north, which would have cut off the German Infanterie-Regiment 418. Wegener was awarded the Oakleaves for this action.
    Details:
    66th Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    General der Infanterie
    Unit:
    Kommandierender General L.Armeekorps
    Awarded on:
    September 17th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Action:
    Awarded the Swords for his excellent leadership as commander of the L. Armee-Korps. Throughout August and September his corps was able to repel all Soviet attacks in the Modohn area, and as commander of the Wegener group (L., X. Armee and VI. SS-Armee-Korps) he was consistently able to stabilize the frontline.
    Details:
    97th Award.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    September 26th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    March 29th, 1943
    Vapaudenristin 1.luokka (VR 1)

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