World War 2 Heer Officers, NCO’s, Etc. – S thru Z

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Joachim Sadrozinski

Joachim Sadrozinski (9 September 1907 – 29 September 1944) was a German officer who took part in the 20 July plot.

Sadrozinski was born in Tilsit, East Prussia (today Sovetsk, Kaliningrad, Russia), and joined the Weimar German Reichswehr as an officer cadet in April 1926. He passed the Prussian Military Academy in Berlin in April 1939 and later fought in the Second World War. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, joined the general staff, and in June 1944 was wounded. He became a group leader on the staff of General Friedrich Fromm, Commander in Chief of the Replacement Army (Ersatzheer), and served as deputy to Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. On 20 July 1944 Sadrozinski was responsible for the duplication and transmission of the “Valkyrie” orders in the Bendlerblock in Berlin. He was arrested by the Gestapo immediately after the attack on Hitler on 20 July 1944 and on 21 August 1944 was sentenced to death by the Volksgerichtshof. On 29 September 1944 Sadrozinski was hanged at Plötzensee prison, with Joachim Meichssner, Fritz von der Lancken, Wilhelm-Friedrich zu Lynar and Otto Herfurth.

Sadrozinski was married to Elfriede Hempel, and they had one daughter and four sons.

Peter Sauerbruch

Peter Sauerbruch (5 June 1913 – 29 September 2010) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant i.G. in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Wilhelm Schmidt

Wilhelm Schmidt ( April 21, 1920 in Dotzheim , December 23, 1944 in Belgium ) was a German corporal , who was sentenced to death during Operation Griffin during the Battle of the Bulge by a American tribunal and shot dead.

Wilhelm Schöning

Wilhelm Schöning (June 8, 1908 – November 2, 1987) served as commander of the 66th Panzergrenadier Regiment of the 13th Panzer Division during the Siege of Budapest.

Bodo Spranz

Prof. em. Dr. Bodo Heinrich Ferdinand Otto Spranz (1 January 1920 – 1 September 2007) was a highly decorated Hauptmann in the Wehrmacht during World War II and one of the leading researchers of preclassic meso-American history. He was 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.

Karl Torley

Karl Torley (16 October 1913 – 19 July 1943) was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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. Karl Torley was killed on 19 July 1943 in Kalynivka, Ukraine. He was posthumously promoted to Oberstleutnant.

Hans-Günther van Hooven

Hans-Günther van Hooven (27. October 1896 in Berlin ; † 27. September 1964 ) was a German officer.

Life

The son of a Prussian civil servants and officers and was at the beginning of World War I a war volunteer, who took the rank of lieutenant at the end of the war. Subsequently, he was a senior employee in a Königsberger forwarding company and studied economics. In 1935, he was reactivated as a captain in the Wehrmacht . As a colonel and commander of a news department, on December 28, 1942, he was flown to the Cauldron of Stalingrad as the newly-appointed news chief of the 6th Army , where he witnessed the end of the 6th Army. As a Soviet prisoner of war  in September 1943, he was one of the founding members of the Federal German Officers (BDO) and was Vice President. He was co-signatory of the founding documents of the BDO  “Appeal to the German Generals and Officers! To the people and Wehrmacht!” In a by-election, he was elected member of the NKFD. He was a member of the executive committee and worked in the winter of 1944/45 as a front representative on the Baltic front for the rescue of German soldiers from the Kurland Pocket.

After the dissolution of the NKFD in November 1945, he remained for four years in the USSR , before he returned to Germany in April 1950. From 1 December 1950 until retirement, he worked for the travel agency of the GDR and was responsible there for the development of travel and tourism of the GDR with foreign countries.

Waldemar von Gazen

Waldemar von Gazen called Waldemar von Gaza (6 December 1917 – 13 January 2014) was an Officer in the German Wehrmacht and recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords during World War II. 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.

Albert Graf von der Goltz

Albert Emil Johannes Hermann Graf von der Goltz[Notes 1][3] (24 June 1893 – 16 March 1944) was a German Oberst der Reserve (Colonel of the Reserves) during World War II and 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.

Werner Karl von Haeften

Werner Karl von Haeften (9 October 1908 – 21 July 1944) was an Oberleutnant in the Wehrmacht, who took part in the military-based conspiracy against Adolf Hitler known as the 20 July plot. He is considered a hero of the German anti-Nazi resistance.

Clemens-Heinrich Graf von Kageneck

Clemens-Heinrich Graf von Kageneck (17 October 1913 – 18 March 2005) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II who commanded Panzer-Abteilung 503. 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.

Wilhelm von Malachowski

Wilhelm von Malachowski (6 June 1914 – 28 October 1980) was a highly decorated Major in the Wehrmacht during World War II, and one of only 882 recipients 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.

Wilhelm Walther

Wilhelm Walther, 27 January 1910 – 25 November 2010, was a highly decorated Oberstleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, the first of the Brandenburgers to receive one. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Others:

Group 1
  • Oberwachtmeister Arthur Adam
  • Oberstleutnant Wilhelm Adam
  • Oberleutnant Ricardo Sanz Fernández
  • Major der Reserve Georg Einhoff
  • Oberst Karl Fabiunke
  • Oberleutnant Karl Hanke
  • Oberstabsarzt Karl Hetz
  • Oberfeldwebel Willi Hilss
  • Wilhelm Willi Hubner
  • Oberleutnant Peter Kiesgen
  • Hauptmann Rudolf Krüger
Group 2
  • Oberleutnant Viktor Lindenmann
  • Sonderführer Fritz Moosmüller
  • Oberleutnant Ernst Neufeld
  • Unteroffizier Walter Pape
  • Oberfeldwebel Hubert Pilarski
  • Oberst Hans Dietrich Riesl
  • Obergefreiter Josef Sammer
  • Oberfeldwebel Karl Schwappacher
  • Oberst Steidle
  • Oberst Dr. Ing. Alexander von Grundherr zu Altenthan und Weyerhaus
  • Hugo von Senger
  • Leutnant Franz Wurdak
  • Major Ernst Zimmermann
  • Gefreiter Zippel

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