Wünnenberg, Alfred

    Date of birth:
    July 20th, 1891 (Saarburg/Lorraine, Germany)
    Date of death:
    December 30th, 1967 (Krefeld/Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany)
    Service number:
    405 898 (SS Nr.) / 2 222 600 (NSDAP Nr.)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions:
    April 1st, 1932: Major der Schutzpolizei;
    April 20th, 1937: Oberstleutnant der Schutzpolizei;
    January 1st, 1940: Oberst der Schutzpolizei;
    ?: SS-Standartenführer;
    November 9th, 1940: SS-Oberführer;
    December 9th, 1941: SS-Brigadeführer;
    October 1st, 1941: Generalmajor der Polizei;
    July 1st, 1942: SS-Gruppenführer;
    July 11th, 1942: Generalleutnant der Polizei;
    July 1st, 1943: SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS und Polizei.

    Career:
    1920 - 1939: Schutzpolizei;
    ?: Ia, Inspektion der Ordnungspolizei, Stuttgart
    1939 - 1941: Kommandeur Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 3;
    1941 - 1943: Kommandeur SS-Polizei-Division;
    ?: Führer IV. SS-Panzer-Korps;
    1943: Chef Ordnungspolizei.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 18th, 1940
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 21st, 1940
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer / Oberst der Schutzpolizei
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 3, SS-Polizei-Division, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    November 15th, 1941
    Action:
    Here follows an excerpt from Wünnenberg's Knights Cross recommendation...
    "Oberst Wünnenberg is a skilled and model Regimental Commander. Especially remarkable is his daring personal actions during the capture of the hills at Stojanowschtschina near Luga on the 11th of August 1941. Seventeen enemy tanks and numerous heavy bunkers were also captured the same day.
    On the 23rd of August 1941 Alfred Wünnenberg was ordered to capture Ssyrez, the hills west of there and also advance to the hills at Turowo, east of Luga. Throughout this day he led his 3rd Regiment to Ssyrez and the hills west of Ssyrez and Wybor. Although his Regiment had been weakened due to heavy fighting in these areas, he pushed on to Nelaja and took the hills at Turowo. He advanced along the flanks and rear of the enemy, breaking their strong resistance. This made Regiment 2's capture of Luga possible.
    On the 13th of September Wünnenberg's Regiment was tasked with taking Krassnowardeisk, advancing from the southwest. They had to secure the bridges and reach the fork in the road, north of this city. They captured four heavy bunkers, took four bridges intact and also reached the city centre ahead of some enemy tanks.
    Oberst Wünnenberg, with his personal bravery, succeeded in breaking through the key positions of the outer defensive line of St. Petersburg (Leningrad). This ensured the continued advance towards Pushkin, via the Ishora position."
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Polizei (Brigadier)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Polizei-Division, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    April 23rd, 1942
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Action:
    Awarded for the successful leadership of his division at Volkhov and the role he played in closing the ring around the Volkhov pocket. He was able to do this by attacking through extremely swampy terrain, achieving the element of surprise against the enemy who expected him to attack along the road.
    Details:
    91st Award.
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    February 10th, 1915
    Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    September 9th, 1915
    Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)

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