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Heinz Jurgens (SS officer)

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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Battles/wars  World War II
Role  SS officer
Battles and wars  World War II
Service/branch  Waffen-SS
Years of service  1937–1945
Name  Heinz Jurgens
Died  August 7, 2008
Rank  Hauptsturmfuhrer

Born  21 March 1917 Miltzow, Germany (1917-03-21)
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross German Cross in Gold Iron Cross 1st Class Iron Cross 2nd Class Eastern Front Medal 1941/42 Close Combat Clasp in Bronze Wound Badge in Black General Assault Badge Honour Chevron for the Old Guard
Unit  4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division

Heinz Jurgens (21 March 1917 – 7 July 2008) was a Hauptsturmfuhrer (Captain) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

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Early life

Jurgens was born in Miltzow on 21 March 1917.

He was an active member of the Hitler Youth being awarded the Golden Hitler Youth Badge. After completing his one year labour service he volunteered to join the SS and in April 1937, and was posted to the I.Battalion, SS Germania Standarte in Hamburg (SS service number 272.502) and in May 1937 he joined the NSDAP (party number 5.180.069).

He was selected to become an officer and posted to the SS-Junkerschule at Braunschweig upon graduation in April 1939, being promoted to Untersturmfuhrer (Second Lieutenant) and given command in the Berlin Schutzpolizei.

World War II

During World War II the Polizei Division was formed for active service, Heinz Jurgens served in the Battle of France where he was wounded at Les Islettes and awarded the Wound Badge, the Iron Cross 2nd class and was promoted to Obersturmfuhrer (First Lieutenant) and Oberleutnant of the Schutzpolizei.

In 1941 Jurgens participated in Operation Barbarossa the invasion of the Soviet Union. The 4th SS Polizei Division was attached to Army Group North which advanced through the Baltic States towards Leningrad. In January 1942, Jurgens was awarded the Iron cross 1st class and in November 1942, promoted to Hauptsturmfuhrer (Captain) and Hauptmann of Schutzpolizei. After carrying out anti-partisan duties in the Soviet Union the Division was sent to Greece and reformed as a Panzer Grenadier Division, Heinz Jurgens was given command of the 4th SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion. From September 1944 to January 1945 they were forced to withdraw into Hungary and Slovakia.

In February 1945 the Division was moved north to Pomerania where Jurgens Battalion acted as a Fire Brigade being sent where they were needed most at short notice. They defended a bridge across the Oder river until the German forces were evacuated across the river in March 1945, for which Jurgens was commended by the commanding General Friedrich August Schack and was promoted to Major of Schutzpolizei in April 1945. Jurgens was awarded the Knight's Cross in May 1945 for his previous actions, but due to the situation in Germany at the time the order was not signed. Jurgens survived the war and was interned as a prisoner of war until August 1946.

References

Heinz Jurgens (SS officer) Wikipedia


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