Wolff, Werner

Date of birth:
November 28th, 1922 (Memel/Eastprussia, Germany)
Date of death:
March 29th, 1945 (Lazerett Götzendorf/Lower Austria, Austria)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
March 28th, 1943
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Untersturmführer (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
Adjutant, III. Bataillon, SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "LSSAH", SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
August 7th, 1943
Action:
Werner Wolff's Knight's Cross recommendation reads as follows...
"SS-Untersturmführer Wolff has participated in two eastern campaigns and was awarded the Iron Cross, 1st Class in March 1943.
Wolff is the very best example of a young front-line officer who has constantly distinguished himself by his extraordinary bravery and outstanding successes.
As a born leader, he has always shown exemplary tactical decisiveness and played an outstanding part with his Platoon during the winter battle for Kharkov and at the capture of Bjelgorod.
Using the 3.7cm anti-tank gun on his SPW, he personally destroyed 11 guns, numerous mortars, machine-guns and anti-tank rifles. Moreover, in a display of bold daring, he managed to destroy two tanks of the T-34 model at close range with his small calibre cannon.
When the Russians broke through our security line on Hill 252.2 south of Prokhorovka with some 150 tanks and mounted and dismounted infantry on the 12.7.1943, this was the moment of Wolff's greatest distinction. They were firing from every gun and appeared completely by surprise between the SPW of the Battalion, which was positioned in reserve on the reverse slope. The Panzergrenadiers were in trenches and foxholes. With incredible élan, and on his own initiative, he took command of a Kompanie left leaderless by a casualty, organized an immediate defense front, sent out tank destroyer teams and, while fearlessly exposing his own person, saved weapons and ammunition from the burning and exploding SPW, which created the prerequisite for us to hold out.
Thanks to his aggressiveness, he was able to destroy a T-34 tank in close combat and in a man-to-man struggle, killed the Soviet commanding General with the General's own dagger.
When, by the evening of this hot day, an entire enemy tank corps had been thoroughly destroyed and we had taken back our own lines in a counterattack, these successes were closely linked to the person of SS-Untersturmführer Wolff.
By his willingness to take responsibility, he was a shining example and display of leadership, which was rock-steady in any crisis."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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