Jauer, Georg, born 25-06-1896 in Lissen, joined the Imperial German Army on 06-08-1914, age 18 and served in the fields of the war as a war volunteer in the 15th Artillery Regiment as a Leutnant. He was not only wounded in the war. During the First World War he was also awarded both iron crosses. He became an ordnance officer and was retained in the Reichswehr as an artillery officer and by 1935 he had reached the rank of Major. By renaming his superior office in the course of the Blomberg –Fritsch affair, he then belonged to the High Command of the Army (OKH) from March 1938. At the outbreak of World War II he was serving in the Army Personnel Office as an Oberstleutnant. On 05-03-1941 he became an Oberst and was appointed the commander of the 29th Artillery Regiment and on 15-03-1942 he took command of the Artillery Regiment Großdeutschland. Landed in the Führer Reserve from 28-11-1942 until 20-03-1943. In April 1943 after a spell in the leadership reserve he commanded the 20th Motorized Infantry and 20th Panzer Grenadier Division where he succeeded General Erich Jaschke , on promotion to Generalmajor and took part in the Battle of the Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket. Erich Jaschke died age 71, on 18-10-1961 in Hamburg. Jauer then led the 25th Panzer Division, nicknamed ‘Mondschein’ (Moonshine), at the Battle of Kiev. It was one of the many under strength Panzer divisions the Germans formed during the last years of the war. In January 1945, after the defense of Warsaw, the division could only field a total of around 68 tanks, assault and self-propelled anti-aircraft guns. By the end of January, the division had lost 622 men killed, 2.318 wounded, and 6.030 missing, a total of 8.970 casualties in only six weeks. On 12-03-1945 he was promoted to General of the Panzertruppe as commander of the élite Panzer Corps Großdeutschland, nicknamed “die Feuerwehr” (The Fire Brigade) and continued to serve in this command until the German surrender. On 10-02-1945 he was awarded the oak leaves for the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross for the services of the division.
Death and burial ground of Jauer, Georg.
Jauer landed in captivity on 08-05-1945 and released from allied captivity in July 1947. Retiring in Greven Jauer died at the age of 75, on 05-08-1971 and is buried on the Waldfriedhof Lauheide in Münster, alas his gravestone is removed. His left neighbour is General der Artillerie, Commanding General of the LXX Army Corps, Hermann Tittel. Futher away the Generals der Wehrmacht, Military Replacement Inspector of Münster, Georg von den Knesebeck and Generalmajor der Infanterie, Chief of Staff of the Ruhr Staff, Kurt Erdmann and on the war grave section, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur Wehrkreis VI, Gerard Glokke