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Wegner, Wilhelm

Date of birth:
September 21st, 1914 (Seefeld/Mark, Germany)
Date of death:
March 10th, 1989 (Emsdetten, Germany)
Nationality:
German

Biography

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Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 7th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1941
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 25th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
August 26th, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberfeldwebel
Unit:
16. / Infanterie-Regiment "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
April 1st, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 7th, 1942
Medaille
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 24th, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberwachtmeister
Unit:
Zugführer 1. / Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung "Großdeutschland"
Awarded on:
June 13th, 1943
Action:
On march 14th Wilhelm Wegners platoon had to support the 3rd Schwadron of Pz.Aufklärungsbteilung GD. When the assault began at 9am the Schadron sat on Wegners "Sturmgeschützen". After the first contact to the enemy at "Stanowoje" the Schwadron dicovered huge amounts of enemy troops there. Athough the russians were in superiority Wegner decided to attack the enemy at its flank. Totally surprised of this assault of the small german force the Russians lost a few tanks and had to pull back. Wegners Sturmgeschütz killed 6 tanks at this short fight. For that action of bravery Wegner was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on June 13th 1943.

Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 24th, 1944
(Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen
Periode:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 27th, 1945
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Gold

Sources

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  • - Werhpas
    - 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
    - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X
    - Das Ritterkreuz
    - Axis History Biographical Research via Axis History Forum

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