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Georg Jauer

German general
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Occupation Officer
Country Germany
Date of birth Lisewo
Date of death Aug 05, 1971 Greven
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Biography

Georg Jauer (25 June 1896 – 5 August 1971) was a Panzer General in the German army during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

He joined the Prussian Army in 1914 as a Military volunteer and served in the 15th Artillery Regiment in World War I as a Leutnant. 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. At the outbreak of World War II he was serving in the army personnel office as an Oberstleutnant. In March 1941 as an Oberst he was appointed the commander of the 29th Artillery Regiment and on 15 March 1942 he took command of the Artillery Regiment Großdeutschland.

In April 1943 after a spell in the leadership reserve he commanded the 20th Motorized Infantry and 20th Panzer Grenadier Division on promotion to generalmajor and took part in the Battle of the Kamenets-Podolsky pocket. He then led the 25th Panzer Division at the Battle of Kiev. On 12 March 1945 he was promoted to General der Panzertruppe as commander of the élite 'Panzer Corps Großdeutschland' and continued to serve in this command until the German surrender. He was released from allied captivity in July 1947.

Awards

  • Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class and 1st Class
  • Wound Badge (1914) in Black
  • Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918
  • Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (2 July 1941) and 1st Class (20 July 1941)
  • General Assault Badge
  • German Cross in Gold on 19 December 1941 as Oberst in Artillerie-Regiment 29
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
    • Knight's Cross on 4 May 1944 as Generalleutnant and commander of 20. Panzergrenadier-Division
    • Oak Leaves on 10 February 1945 as Generalleutnant and commander of 20. Panzergrenadier-Division
  • Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht (26 July 1944)
  • Thomas 1997, p. 326.
  • Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 209.
  • ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 419.

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