Jürgen Wagner, SS Brigadeführer and commander of the SS Division Nederland.


Jürgen Wagner, born 9 September 1901 in Strasbourg, was the son of Ernst Wagner, a German physicist, professor at the University of Munich. He was known for his work on X-rays and the absolute value of the high pressure. Jürgen in his youth, attended several schools, including in Wesel, Muenster and Erfurt. In 1915 he joined the Cadet School in Naumburg (Saale), where he was transferred in 1917 to the Main Cadet School in Berlin, Lichterfelde.


In 1920 he lived with his parents in Munster, where he was a member of the Akademische Wehr Münster (Münster Academic Defence). It was a voluntary formation, which was active during the uprising in the Ruhr in March 1920 year. She was responsible for the safety of the stations and bridges in the area Münster against the insurgent workers in nearby factories. also took part in the suppression of several protests organized by the Communists in Münster.

Later he decided to return to Berlin to continue their studies at the National Institute of Education, but resigned from it before the end of science.He then joined the Reichswehr, where he was promoted to the rank of Fahnenjunker and 1925 years to the degree of Unteroffizier. Also in 1925, she got engaged. In 1929 he left the Reichswehr and began to study art in Friedberg, later was an assistant engineer in the power station. His next activity was the opening of the shop of a jeweler in Quedlinburg, who walked with his wife and her sister.

On June 15, 1931 he joined the SS member with the number 23 692. In October of that year he was promoted to the rank of SS Scharführer, and shortly thereafter to the rank of SS Oberscharführer.

On November 1, 1931 he joined the NSDAP as the 707 279 members of the party. In 1932 he was sent to school sports in Calvörde SS, SS Sports School in the German state Saxony-Anhalt.

On July 8, 1933 he was assigned to the SS-Sonderkommando “Jüterbog,” which was one of the branches in time for the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (LSSAH – SS were added later). Initially he served in Company 3, but in October 1933 after the merger of the units of Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler , he was assigned to the Second Battalion LAH, which he held until 1939. During his service in the SS, he was entitled to the main ring of the SS wear, and also received the sword of Honour SS.

For the so-called. Anschluss of Austria received the Commemorative Medal March 13, 1938 year. He also participated in the occupation of the Sudetenland, which also received the Commemorative Medal October 18, 1938 year.

His performance during the campaign September Poland, not much is known. Only the year 1939 received the wound badge in black, Infantry Assault Badge and the Iron Cross II and later I class.

As Brigadeführer  in the Waffen SS, he was the commander of the SS Division Nederland  and was awarded the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross .

In April 1944 Wagner  was promoted to SS Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS and given command of the 4th SS Polizei Division . In August 1944, Wagner was given command of a kampfgruppe, against the Tartu Offensive of the Soviet 3rd Baltic Front. The 3rd Baltic Front  was a front of the Red Army during World War Ii. It was set up on 21 April 1944 and disbanded on 16 October that year after a series of campaigns in the Baltic states that culminated with the capture of Riga October 13–15, 1944. During 179 days of existence, the 3rd Baltic Front suffered 43,155 killed and missing in action as well as 153,876 wounded, sick, and frostbitten personnel. The sole commander of the 3rd Baltic Front was Ivan Maslennikow  He committed suicide on 16-04-1954 in Moscow, age 53.


Wagner here with the Belgium Standartenführer Leon Degrelle was extradited to Yugoslavia in 1947. There, he was put on trial before the military tribunal of the 3rd Yugoslav Army from 29 May to 6 June 1947 in Zrenjanin. It is not precisely known for what he was indicted for, however his orders for the mass executions of civilians in 1941 and later on reportedly played a role in his conviction. Found guilty of the charges, he was sentenced to death by a firing squad and executed on 27 June 1947, age 45 in Belgrado.




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