Jüttner, Arthur

Date of birth:
August 18th, 1908 (Katowice/Upper Silesia, Germany)
Date of death:
December 1st, 2003 (Bramstedt/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
I. / Infanterie-Regiment 7
Awarded on:
October 2nd, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
I. / Infanterie-Regiment 7
Awarded on:
October 27th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 38 / 8.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 13th, 1941
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Captain)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 38 / 8.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
October 1st, 1941
Nahkampfspange in Bronze
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 38 / 8.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
November 2nd, 1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Hauptmann (Kapitein)
Unit:
Kommandeur III. / Infanterie-Regiment 38 / 8.Infanterie-Division / VIII.Armee-Korps / 9.Armee / Heeresgruppe Mitte
Awarded on:
December 14th, 1941
Action:
During the first weeks of September 1941, near Pnewo (close to the Dnieper), Hauptmann Jüttner and his Bataillon defended the German frontline in order to prevent a Soviet evacuation from Smolensk. Prisoners from three Soviet divisions were brought in, and a Soviet cavalry regiment that had pushed through a gap in the line was crushed through a flanking attack led by Jüttner himself. For his achievements in this time Jüttner would be decorated with the Knight’s Cross.
Details:
717th Award.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major
Unit:
III. / Jäger-Regiment 38 / 8.Jäger-Division
Awarded on:
February 27th, 1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Details:
Award 320/1.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 532 / 383.Infanterie-Division
Awarded on:
August 18th, 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Kolonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 532 / 383.Infanterie-Division / Heeresgruppe B
Awarded on:
October 18th, 1944
Action:
In June 1944 Jüttner and his Regiment were in position near Bobruisk. There he held the railroad bridge over the Beresina long enough for elements of three German Korps to cross. Later, on the 30.06.1944, as Gruppe Hoffmeister (formed from the remnants of five divisions) was breaking out of the Bobruisk encirclement, Jüttner and his Regiment once again formed the rearguard and held the northern edge of Bobruisk for the whole day.

After splitting up his force into many small Kampfgruppen, he then began an epic march via Minsk and Baranowitschi to reach friendly lines. Leading his own small group, which trekked 700 km over the course of 44 days of uninterrupted small battles, on the 18.08.1944 he reached the existing frontline near Augustowo. That night he broke through the Soviet line with 3 officers and 8 men and finally reached friendly lines.

For his actions during many brave and selflessly conducted engagements, he would be awarded the Oakleaves.
Details:
622nd Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Oberst (Colonel)
Unit:
Kommandeur Grenadier-Regiment 164 / 62.Volks-Grenadier-Division
Awarded on:
April 5th, 1945
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
Action:
During the Ardennes offensive Jüttner and his men reached the village of Trois Ponte, south of Malmedy. By this action two US regiments were encircled in the Schnee Eifel. Later on Jüttner, acting on his own initiative, held a bridge over the Salm (near Vielsalm) long enough for the units of his Korps to retreat across. He would be awarded the Swords to his Knight’s Cross for these accomplishments.
Details:
141st Award.
Direct award.

Sources

  • Photo: 62.VolksgrenadierDivision.com
  • - THOMAS, FRANZ & WEGMANN, GÜNTER, Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945, Biblio-Verlag, 1997.
    - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
    - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
    - Durante T.M., The German Close Combat Clasp of World War II, Philippe De Bock, Tom Durante, Pascal Huysmans, Belgium, 2007, ISBN 9789081230117
    - 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
    - 62.VolksgrenadierDivision.com
    - lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de

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