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Maximilian Wengler

Maximilian Wengler
Born (1890-01-14)14 January 1890
Died 25 April 1945(1945-04-25) (aged 55)
near Pillau-Neutief
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1909–19, 1939–45
Rank Generalmajor of the Reserves
Commands held 227. Infanterie-Division
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Maximilian Wengler (14 January 1890 – 25 April 1945) was a German Insurance broker, serving as a general during World War II and recipient of the coveted Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Wengler took command of the 83. Infanterie-Division on 27 March 1945 in the area of Gotenhafen. The division, after escaping the encirclement of the city, fought its way to Oxhöfter Kämpe and Pillau-Neutief. Here Wengler and numerous men of his staff were killed by an aerial bomb on 25 April 1945. His wife had also been killed in the aerial bombardment of Dresden in early 1945.[1]


Wehrmachtbericht reference

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
3 August 1944 (Addendum) In den schweren Kämpfen bei Liepna haben sich die rheinisch-westfälische 227. Infanterie-Division unter Oberst Wengler und eine Kampfgruppe unter Major Busch besonders hervorgetan.[8] The Rhenish-Westphalian 227th Infantry Division under Colonel Wengler and a battle group under Major Busch have particularly distinguished themselves in the heavy fighting at Liepna.


  1. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of Infanterie-Regiment 366.[4]


  1. ^ Berger 2000, p. 374.
  2. ^ a b c Berger 2000, p. 373.
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 435.
  4. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 778.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 442.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 79.
  7. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 47.
  8. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 188.

External links

  • Maximilian Wengler @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
Military offices
Preceded by
General der Artillerie Wilhelm Berlin
Commander of 227. Infanterie-Division
7 June 1943 – 27 March 1945
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Wilhelm Heun
Commander of 83. Infanterie-Division
27 March 1945 – 25 April 1945
Succeeded by
Oberst Hellmuth Raaatz
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