Wagner, Erich

Date of birth:
January 20th, 1917 (Karf/Beuthen, Germany)
Date of death:
February 20th, 1998 (Pocking/Passau, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Obergefreiter (Corporal)
Unit:
Geschützführer 16./Jäger-Regiment 38
Awarded on:
August 23rd, 1943
Action:
The Soviets launched a major assault against the 8. Jäger-Division on 23.08.1943. After heavy artillery prep the Soviets attacked with tanks and infantry. Their attack failed however, with the loss of 71 tanks in the sector of the division. Of these, Erich Wagner personally destroyed 5 with his anti-tank gun and played a decisive role in the German success. As a result he was awarded the Knight's Cross on the very same day.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

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