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Wagner, Hans-Joachim (Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 286)

Date of birth:
December 28th, 1913 (Neubrandenburg, Germany)
Date of death:
June 9th, 1985 (Kiel, Germany)
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Hauptmann der Reserve (Captain of Reserves)
Sturmgeschütz-Brigade 286
Awarded on:
January 25th, 1945
On 5 December 1944 Wagner's Sturmgeschütze played a crucial role in blunting a Soviet breakthrough aimed towards the northwest, near Pásztó. His vehicles shot up a number of Soviet tanks and forced the survivors and their accompanying infantry to break off the attack. He then rallied a number of fleeing Flak gunners of the 18. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Horst Wessel" and got them to reoccupy their gun emplacements. Between these and his own assault guns Wagner was able to establish a blocking position that held for several days without reinforcements. For this accomplishment he was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes