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Gazen genannt von Gaza, von, Waldemar

    Date of birth:
    December 6th, 1917 (Hamburg/HAmburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    January 13th, 2014 (Göttingen/Lowersaxony, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    1936: Fahnenjunker;
    September 1st, 1938: Leutnant;
    September 1st, 1940: Oberleutnant;
    ?: Haputmann;
    ?: Major.

    Career:
    1936: Infanterie-Regiment 66;
    1939: Zugführer Infanterie-Regiment 66;
    ?: Chef, 2, Kompanie, Schützen-Regiment 66;
    ?: Kommandeur I. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 66;
    April 1943: Führer Panzergreandier-Regiment 66;
    August 28th, 1943: Kommandeur Panzergrenadier-Regiment 66;
    July 1st, 1944: Generalstab des Heeres;
    September 1944: Ia 13. Panzer-Division;
    February 1945: Ia 2. Panzer-Division.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    October 14th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
    Awarded on:
    September 29th, 1939
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    2. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Schützen-Regiment 66, 13. Panzer-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    November 15th, 1941

    Award 13/10.
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Oberleutnant (1st Lieutenant)
    Unit:
    Chef, 2. Kompanie, I. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 66, 13. Panzer-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    September 18th, 1942
    During July 1942 Oberleutnant von Gaza thrusted forward to the Temernik river, captured the intact road bridge there and created a bridgehead. With this he made an important contribution to the capture of Rostov on the 25.07.1942, and was recognized for this achievement with the Knight's Cross.

    1193rd Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Hauptmann (Captain)
    Unit:
    Führer, Kampfgruppe, 13. Panzer-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    January 18th, 1943
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Awarded for his exceptional achievements as a Kampfgruppe commander in the Caucasus. In one two day period it destroyed 22 enemy tanks. Gazen was also recognized for his contributions to the planned withdrawal of German divisions from the Terek and Kuban areas.

    182nd Award.
    Also Kommandeur I. Bataillon, Panzergrenadier-Regiment 66.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major
    Awarded on:
    October 3rd, 1943
    Mentioning:
    "The Jägerregiment 138 under the leadership of Oberstleutnant Graf von der Goltz, a Panzer group under the command of Major von Gaza as well as Sturmgeschützabteilung 243 and the Heeres-Panzerjägerabteilung 721 distinguished themselves in the defensive battles south east of Zaporizhia."
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Major
    Unit:
    Führer, Panzergrenadier Regiment 66, 13. Panzer-Division, Heer
    Awarded on:
    October 3rd, 1943
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Awarded for distinguishing himself near Oktoberfeld (close to Melitopol) on the 30.09.1943. His performance here was such that he was named in the Wehrmachtbericht of the 03.10.1943.

    38th Award.

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