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Wilhelm Wegener

Wilhelm Wegener
Born (1895-04-29)29 April 1895
Trebatsch (Beeskow), Brandenburg
Died 24 September 1944(1944-09-24) (aged 49)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–44
Rank General der Infanterie
Commands held 32. Infanterie-Division
L. Armeekorps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Wilhelm Wegener (29 April 1895 – 24 September 1944) was a German general of infantry, serving during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. 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.

He was on his way to his headquarters when he was killed in action by Soviet ground attack aircraft on 24 September 1944.


  • Awards 1
    • Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Reference in the Wehrmachtbericht

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
26 September 1944 (addendum) In der Abwehrschlacht zwischen Düna und Rigaer Bucht fand, in vorderster Linie kämpfend, der Kommandierende Generals eines Armeekorps, der mit den Schwertern zum Eichenlaub des Ritterkreuzes ausgezeichnete General der Infanterie Wilhelm Wegner, den Heldentod.[6] In the defensive battle between Daugava and Riga Gulf, fighting in the front line, the commanding general of an army corps, awarded with the Swords and Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross, General of the Infantry Wilhelm Wegner, found a heroic death.


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 420.
  2. ^ a b c Scherzer 2007, p. 771.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 438.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 57.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 45.
  6. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, p. 262.
  • Berger, Florian (1999). Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern. Die höchstdekorierten Soldaten des Zweiten Weltkrieges [With Oak Leaves and Swords. The Highest Decorated Soldiers of the Second World War] (in German). Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger.  
  • 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.  
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985.  

External links

  • Wilhelm Wegener @ Lexikon der Wehrmacht
  • Wilhelm Wegener @ Die Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Karl Hernekamp
Commander of 32. Infanterie-Division
1 June 1942 – 27 June 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Alfred Thielmann
Preceded by
General der Kavallerie Philipp Kleffel
Commander of L. Armeekorps
12 September 1943 – 24 September 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hans Boeckh-Behrens

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