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Joachim Sander

Joachim Sander
Born 7 August 1898
Died 3 November 1944(1944-11-03) (aged 46)
Goldap, East Prussia
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1915–18
Rank Oberst
Commands held Panzer-Regiment 23
Panzer-Regiment 31

World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Joachim Sander (7 August 1898 – 3 November 1944) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Joachim Sander was killed on 3 November 1944 near Goldap, East Prussia. He was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight's Cross on 5 February 1945.


  • Awards and decorations 1
    • Wehrmachtbericht reference 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Awards and decorations

Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
9 November 1944 (addendum) Bei den Kämpfen um Goldap haben sich das brandenburgische Grenadier-Regiment 121 unter Führung von Oberst Neumann und das schlesisch-sudetendeutsche Panzerregiment 3 unter Führung des mit dem Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes ausgezeichneten Oberst Sander durch kühnen Angriffsgeist hervorragend bewährt und entscheidend zur Einschließung und Vernichtung des in Goldap kämpfenden Feindes beigetragen. Oberst Sander fand an der Spitze seines Regiments den Heldentod.[5] In the fighting over Goldap, the Brandenburg Grenadier Regiment 121, under the leadership of Colonel Neumann, and the Silesian-Sudeten German Panzer Regiment 3, under the leadership of the Colonel Sander who was awarded with the Oak Leaves with the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, have proven itself by showing bold fighting spirit and decisively contributed in the containment and destruction of the enemy fighting in Goldap. Colonel Sander found a hero's death at the head of his regiment.


  1. ^ a b c d Thomas 1998, p. 238.
  2. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 649.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 370.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p.96.
  5. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 327.
  • Schaulen, Fritjof (2005). Eichenlaubträger 1940 – 1945 Zeitgeschichte in Farbe III Radusch – Zwernemann [Oak Leaves Bearers 1940 – 1945 Contemporary History in Color III Radusch – Zwernemann] (in German). Selent, Germany: Pour le Mérite.  
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag.  
  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag.  

External links

  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • World War 2
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