Wagner, Helmut

Date of birth:
August 18th, 1915 (Köslin, Germany)
Date of death:
June 7th, 1944 (St. Come-du-Mont, France)
Buried on:
German War Cemetery Orglandes
Plot: 12. Row: 10. Grave: 384.
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Promotions:
1 August 1940: Leutnant
1 September 1942: Oberleutnant
27 September 1944: Hauptmann (posthumously

Military career:
1938: Luftwaffe
1939: II./Fsch.Jg.Rgt. 1
1941: 5 x wounded
1944: 9./Fsch.Jg.Rgt. 6.
1944: Killed by a direct hit by an artillery shell.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
July 28th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
II./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
1941
Awarded for:
Operation Barbarossa
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Leutnant (2nd Lieutenant)
Unit:
6./Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1, Luftwaffe
Awarded on:
January 24th, 1942
Action:
The following press article describes the circumstances that led to Wagner's Knight's Cross...
"At the suggestion of Luftwaffe Commander-in-Chief Reichsmarschall Goering, the Führer has awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross to Lieutenant Helmut Wagner, platoon commander in a Fallschirmjäger-Regiment.
Lieutenant Helmut Wagner, born in Köslin on 18 August 1915, was awarded the E.K. I for outstanding bravery during the campaign in Holland. During the battle of Crete, he jumped into battle with his platoon near the airfield at Iraklion and has (in spite of being wounded in the foot before even hitting the ground) demonstrated unusual bravery and heroism. Despite being wounded five times, he fought on in seemingly hopeless situations and was able to bring the best out of his troops. In the course of the fighting, he eliminated three enemy anti-aircraft positions with minimal forces and even destroyed an attacking tank with hand grenades. The award is also a tribute to his brave battle group deployed on the same battlefield."
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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