Goerne-Plaue, Jürgen von, born 12-02-1908, in Allenstein, entered the Army Service in 1928 in the 14th
Reichswehr-Kavallerie-Regiment in Ludwigslust/Mecklenburg. He joined the Officer School in Dresden and becomes a Leutnant, Goerne was promoted to Calvary Hauptmann in 1938. He is assigned in the 2nd
Reconnaissance Division and on the Eastern Front in Poland as a Squadron Leader. With the battle of Warsaw and Modlin, he is parliamentary on German side. Goerne-Plaue then is transferred to the Western Front
as a Squadron Leader in 1940. At the beginning of the Russian invasion he becomes commander of the 29th
Panzer Recognizes Division. With this division he captured the Desna Bridge,
200 miles behind the front line and received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross,
on 20-10-1941. In March 1944 assigned as commander of the 26th
Panzer Regiment, he succeeded Generalmajor der Panzertruppe, Kommandierend des XLVI. Panzerkorps
, Smilo Freiherr von Luttwitz
and transferred to Italy. On June 1944 he get’s the command of the Panzer Regiment Brandenburg and set in the region of Jugoslavia-Ungarn. The “Brandenburg” Panther battalion
was always in the middle of the battles against the overpowering Soviet enemy. After the big attack by the Soviets on 16-04-1945 and the battle for the Seelow Heights
, at the end of April the remnants of the battalion with 14 Panthers found themselves in the Halbe pocket with the 9th
Army, under General Theodor Busse
In the fierce fighting that accompanied the break-out, a small number of Panthers succeeded in breaking through to the west. Many members of the battalion were killed in the Halbe area or were captured by the Soviets. Without fuel and ammunition, the battalion’s last four Panthers were abandoned near Beelitz south of Berlin. Most of the battalion’s survivors crossed the Elbe near Tangermünde and were taken prisoner by the Americans. Promoted to Oberstleutnant in 1945, Goerne-Plauen lands in captivity on 09-05-1945 and released on 11-06-1945.
Death and burial ground of Goerne-Plaue, Jürgen von.
Living in Rottach Egern, Bavaria, Goerne–Plaue died, at the very old age of 93, on 03-03-2001 and is buried with his second wife baroness, ” Waltraut” Maria Benedikta von Kluchtzner, who died age 54 in 1970, on the village cemetery of Rottach Egern. His first wife was “Antoinette Emma Laurenzia Charlotte Ludmilla Juliette Martha Helene Sabina”, “Prinzessin von Croÿ”.
Close by the graves of General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der 116th Panzer Division
, Graf Gerhard von Schwerin
and the Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Commander of the 11th
, Gerhard Feyerabend