Niggemeyer, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
May 9th, 1918 (Haan-Düsseldorf/Rheinland, Germany)
Date of death:
February 14th, 2008 (Erfstadt-Lechenich/North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 8th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 2. / Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie Division / LIII.Armee-Korps / 2.Panzer-Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
September 18th, 1942
Action:
During an attack consisting of 30 Soviet tanks, which took place on 22.08.1942 SW of Kaluga, Leutnant Niggemeyer was able to knock out two enemy tanks in close combat and in doing so persuade the rest to retreat. Through this act a Soviet breakthrough attempt against the German bridgehead here came to naught, and for this Niggemeyer would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
1194th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 2. / Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie Division
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant der Reserve (2nd Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Führer 2. / Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie Division
Awarded on:
August 25th, 1942
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Bataillonsadjutant Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie Division
Awarded on:
January 3rd, 1943
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Bataillonsadjutant Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie Division
Awarded on:
January 3rd, 1943
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberleutnant der Reserve (1st Lieutenant of Reserves)
Unit:
Bataillonsadjutant Pionier Bataillon 26 / 26.Infanterie-Division / General-Kommando z.b.V. Raus / Armee-Abteilung Kempf / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
May 17th, 1943
Action:
In January 1943 the 26. Infanterie-Division, positioned along the Don south of Voronezh, was forced to retreat on account of the ferocious Soviet attacks. During the withdrawal movement, on the evening of 20.01.1943, two Soviet heavy tanks with tank riders blocked the Division’s retreat route and wrought chaos on the jammed march columns with MGs and cannon.

On his own initiative Leutnant Niggemeyer assembled two assault teams and advanced towards the tanks. Through concentrated fire the enemy infantry were eliminated, and the tanks were immobilized with Teller AT mines. The bailed out enemy crews were then defeated with MPs and bayonets. The blocking position was thus removed, and the whole Division could retreat along the road as planned. For this act Niggemeyer would receive the Oakleaves.
Details:
241st Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

Sources

  • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
  • - SCHERZER, VEIT, Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939-1945, VDM Heinz Nickel, Zweibrücken, 2015.
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Bender R.J., Breyette T., Tank Killers, RJ Bender Publications, 2000, ISBN 0-912138-83-1
    - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
    - Hayden M., German Military Ribbon Bars 1914-1957, Schiffer Publishing Ltd., Atglen, 2001
    - Das-Ritterkreuz.de

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