Hagl, August, born 19-06-1888 in Landshut, joined the Army Service on 07-07-1909, age 21, as a Fähnrich in the 9th
Bavarian Infantry Regiment. He was in the fields of the first war and ended as Machine Gun Officer with the Staff of the 17th
Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment. Hagl was transferred to the Police Service on 01-10-1920, but reactivated in the growing Reichswehr
on 15-10-1935. At the beginning of World War II he was the commander of the 91st
Infantry Regiment, until 15-11-1940. He landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
), to 18-11-1940 and got the command of Mörchingen to 04-02-1943. His son Hans, a crew member of the battleship Bismarck, on 27-05-1941 was sunk. The British battleship Dorsetshire had rescued 85 men and the Maori had picked up 25 by the time they left the scene.
A U-boat later reached the survivors and found three men, and a German trawler rescued another two. One of the men picked up by the British died of his wounds the following day. Out of a crew of over 2,200 men, only 114 survived.
After hours withstanding heavy fire, the Bismarck, under its sole commanding officer, Captain Ernst Lindemann,
sank at 10:39 a.m. Hundreds of crewmen were left floating in the frigid, oily water. The British ships Dorsetshire
and Maori rescued a combined 111 crewmen before the Royal Navy issued a U boat warning and ordered its ships out of the area. Others were saved the following day, but just 115 of the crew of more than 2,200 survived. Hagl was Field Command 668, in Ssarsy, Kursk, to 28-02-1943 and again in the Reserve to 07-04-1943. Battle Commandant of Kharkov, following again the command of Mörchingen, to 24-09-1944. For the third time in the infamous Reserve OKH,
until 23-03-1945 and commander of “Battle Group Hagl”, to October 1944. Hagl’s last command was of Bayreuth and Protection District Leader of Upper Franconia, to 14-04-1945. He lands in US captivity and was released on 12-05-1947, age 58.
Death and burial ground of Hagl, August.
Living in Kempten, Bavaria he died, old age 84, on 20-06-1972 and is buried with his wife Lina, born Faulhaber, who died age 63 on 23-03-1955, on the Alten Katholische Friedhof of Kempten.