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Joachim Ziegler
Waffen SS Major General

Joachim Ziegler

Joachim Ziegler
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Intro Waffen SS Major General
Was Major general Major
From Germany
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 2 October 1904, Hanau, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse
Death 2 May 1945, Berlin, Germany (aged 40 years)
Star sign Libra
Politics Nazi Party
Joachim Ziegler
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Biography

Joachim Ziegler (2 October 1904 – 2 May 1945) was a high-ranking commander in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was the commander of the SS Division Nordland, and was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

Career

Ziegler was awarded the Spanish Cross for his participation in the Spanish Civil War, fighting in the Condor Legion. In 1939 he served as the adjutant in the 3rd Panzer Brigade and on 23 September 1939 he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class followed by a 1st class award on 28 June 1940. On 14 March 1943 he was promoted to Oberst and served on the General Staff of the XXXXII Army Corps. He was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 15 March 1943 and later was invited by the Wehrmacht to a command position in the Waffen-SS. His SS number was 491,403. From 20 June 1943 Ziegler was the Chief of General Staff of the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps, and in November 1943 he was granted permission to wear an SS uniform for the duration of his command.

When Fritz von Scholz was killed in action on 28 July 1944, he was asked to take over command of the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland. On 5 September 1944 he was awarded the Knights Cross for the conduct of the division in action and the Oak Leaves in April 1945.

During the Battle of Berlin, SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg was appointed on 25 April 1945 the commander of (Berlin) Defence Sector C which included the Nordland Division. Ziegler was relieved of his command the same day. The exact reason for the transfer of the command is not clearly known. It was requested by General Helmuth Weidling.

After Hitler's death on 30 April, Krukenberg assembled most of his escort made up of French volunteers of the SS Sturmbataillon "Charlemagne" for the breakout to try and get through the Soviet Red Army encirclement of that area of Berlin. They joined up with Ziegler and a larger group of Nordland troops. They crossed the Spree just before dawn. Near the Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn station they came under heavy fire and Ziegler was wounded. Ziegler died from his wounds on 2 May 1945.

Awards

  • Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords (31 May 1939)
  • Iron Cross (1939)
    • 2nd Class (23 September 1939)
    • 1st Class (28 June 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 14 March 1943 as Oberstleutnant im Generalstab (in the General Staff) of XXXIX. Panzerkorps
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 5 September 1944 as SS-Brigadeführer and commander of the 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland
    • (848th) Oak Leaves on 28 April 1945 as SS-Brigadeführer and commander of the 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland


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