Helmut Dörner

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Helmut Dörner
Born (1909-06-26)26 June 1909
Mönchengladbach
Died 11 February 1945(1945-02-11) (aged 35)
Budapest
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Oberführer
Commands held II./SS-PolSchtzRgt 2
SS-PzGrenRgt 8
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Helmut Dörner (26 June 1909 in Mönchengladbach – 11 February 1945 in Budapest) was a highly decorated German Waffen-SS officer. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords, awarded by Nazi Germany to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Career

Dörner was born in 1909. During World War II, he was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross during the Battle of France as a company commander. Dörner was promoted to major and assigned command of II./Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 2. He received the German Cross in Gold in December 1941.

In early 1942, Dörner's battalion participated in Army Group North's encirclement of the Soviet 2nd Shock Army commanded by Andrey Vlasov.

Dörner stayed with the Polizei division (from 1943 named KG Polizei division) until late 1943. After leave, he returned to the division which was reforming in Greece and becoming the commander of SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt.8. When Karl Schümers (divisional commander) was killed in a partisan ambush, Helmut took over the command until the arrival of the new commander.

In September 1944 the division, now known as 4th SS Polizei Division, was sent to Rumania and Hungary. Dörner's unit participated in the fighting at the Szolnok bridgehead. During the siege of Budapest, he became the commander of a mixed KG and died while leading the breakthrough attempt.

Awards

References

Citations

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 126.
  2. Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 90.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Scherzer 2007, p. 276.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 163.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 92.
  6. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 47.

Bibliography

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