Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

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Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Griffin brigade » 02 Aug 2007 12:38

Hi,

Can anyone shed any light on the death in Prague on 12/5/1945 of Wolfgang Joerchel ? Murdered by the Czechs ??

Joerchel won the Knights Cross whilst commanding the General Seyffardt Regiment at Narva , any further bio info on him will be greatly appreciated,

Thanks,

Paul

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Post by panzerschreck » 02 Aug 2007 18:30

Miller says he was murdered/killed by Czechs (http://www.geocities.com/~orion47/SS-PO ... f_I-L.html)

Some basic info and assignments:
Born: 19.08.1907
Died: 12.05.1945

Kdr. II. /"Germania" 1940.12.01. - ?
Kdr. SS-Panzergrenadierregiment "Nordland" 1943.01.10. - 1943.04.20.
Kdr. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierregiment 23 "Norge" (norwegisches Nr. 1) 1943.05.01. - 1944.01.08.
Kdr. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierregiment 48 "General Seyffardt" (niederländisches Nr. 1) 1944.01.08. - 1944.07.00.
After that chief of the SS-Junkerschule Prag until 1945.

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Post by Michael Miller » 03 Aug 2007 16:03

Basic info. on Joerchel:


Wolfgang Roman Christian Theodor Joerchel
SS-Standartenführer der Waffen-SS



* 19.08.1907 in Zaborze / Kreis Hindenburg / Oberschlesien.
+ 12.05.1945 in Prague (Killed by Czechs; other sources indicate he was killed in action in Pommern).

NSDAP-Nr.: 4 263 094
SS-Nr.: 272 820 (Joined 01.10.1935)

Promotions:
15.07.1935 -- Unteroffizier d. R. und Reserve-Offiziersanwärter
00.00.1935 -- AW-Obersturmführer
01.10.1935 -- SS-Obersturmführer
20.04.1938 -- SS-Hauptsturmführer
01.09.1941 -- SS-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
30.01.1943 -- SS-Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS
01.09.1944 -- SS-Standartenführer der Waffen-SS

Decorations & Awards:
21.04.1944 -- Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as SS-Obersturmbannführer and Kdr. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 48 “General Seyffardt” / 23.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Nederland” / III.(germanische) SS-Panzer-Korps / Heeresgruppe Nord, Northeastern Front (based on a recommendation dated 18.03.1944)
01.03.1942 -- Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as SS-Sturmbannführer and Kdr. II.Bataillon / SS-Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) “Germania” / SS-Division “Wiking”, Eastern Front
29.07.1940 -- 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
03.10.1939 -- 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
15.03.1944 -- Mentioned in the Wehrmachtbericht
01.09.1942 -- Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
ca. 1939 -- Spange “Prager Burg” zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1939 -- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1938 -- Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
00.00.193_ -- Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze
00.00.1934 -- SA-Sportabzeichen in Gold
00.00.193_ -- Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
00.00.193_ -- Totenkopfring der SS
00.00.193_ -- Julleuchter der SS


Best wishes,
~ Mike

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Post by Griffin brigade » 04 Aug 2007 16:55

Thanks guys

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Post by Cees » 05 Aug 2007 11:34

Joerchel was commander of 48th regiment "General Seyffardt", when the Red Army fiercely attacked the Narwa-Brückenkopf in March 1944. At that time, the regiment was part of the Brigade "Nederland", and not, as mentioned above, the Division "Nederland". I can further add that he left the 48th regiment a couple of days before the retreat from Narva. By then, Benner took over the command of the regiment.

With kind regards,

Cees

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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Streckenbach » 08 Sep 2009 20:38

Hello to all,
regarding Stdf.Wolfgang Joerchel I rather be allmost certain,that he was lynched by the mob.In those days, the Chechs
killed everbody,smelled german,even a german shepherd.I just happen to drop a line about this .Have a look at my posting"The raid on the Gleiwitz sender" Myself I was in Prag those horrible days,my rank was Standartenfuehrer,just as
Joerchel and I am happy to made my way out of Prag,because they did´t asked if you are a "warcriminal" if you are german you were guilty,no matter what rank you had.While I make my way through the Boehmerwald,towards Bavaria,
allways alone,with only a pistol 08 and using only the night for walking,I saw from my daily hiding place,a very horrible act which I never will forget as long as I live.Few partisans carring a man together with an horse obviously a german soldier,I could tell because he was wearing a german camouflage dress. He been beaten all the way towards a big tree , then fasten his one leg on the tree and the other leg on the harness of the horse. Then they lashed the horse just ones and the horse jumped and teared the man apart.And I was in my hideout,seing all this and could´t help.Otherwise I wouldt be around .
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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Jan-Hendrik » 08 Sep 2009 20:52

I think his wife reported that he killed himself rather then falling into the hands of the Mob in Prague :wink:

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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Streckenbach » 11 Sep 2009 20:49

This as well ,could be a possibility.Suicide, rather then fall in the hand of the mob.But "hingerichtet "sounds quite clean
and corect.Remember his date of dead are reported with the 12. of May.In those days there were no justice at all.
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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Harro » 13 Sep 2009 09:56

Why were you not with your division (12. SS "Hitlerjugend" according to another topic) at that time?

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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by ansata1976 » 13 Sep 2009 17:58

Wolfgang Joerchel (1907–1945) was a Standartenführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. Who was awarded 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.Wolfgng Roman Christian Theodor Joerchel was born on 9 August 1907, in Zabrzein Silesia, his father was a Leutnant in the army who was killed in action near Tarnawka on the Eastern Front in 1914. After he completed his secondary school education he went onto study the Russian language at the university of Breslau. In May 1934, he became a sports leader in the Hitler Youth and also joined the SA remaining a active member until June 1935, when he left only to later join the SS-VT in October 1935, with the rank of Obersturmführer. He was posted to the SS-Junkerschule at Bad Tölz in 1937, as an Machine Gun instructor and then joined the SS Standarte (Regiment) Deutschland and participated in the Anschluss of Austria and the occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938. In World War II he was in the SS Standarte Germania during the Polish Campaign where her was awarded the Iron Cross II class, his Iron Cross I class was awarded in the Battle of France. In December 1940, he was given command of the II/Battalion, SS Germania. This was followed by Command of the SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 23 Norge and the SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Regiment 48 General Seyffardt, 23rd SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nederland.He was awarded his Knight's Cross when in command of the General Seyffardt in April 1944. For his actions during the Battle for Narva Bridgehead; After a feint attack towards Nordland's positions, the Russian commander directed his forces at the General Seyffardt regiment, holding the centre of the line. The regiment was forced from its positions, but a counterattack led by regimental commander SS-Standartenführer Wolfgang Jörchel retook the defensive works and averted a Soviet breakthrough. His final command was the SS-Junkerschule in Prague in May 1945, where he was captured by the liberated Czechs and executed on the 12 May 1945.

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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Harro » 13 Sep 2009 19:53

ansata1976 wrote:His final command was the SS-Junkerschule in Prague in May 1945, where he was captured by the liberated Czechs and executed on the 12 May 1945.

According to his wife Joerchel remained in Prague and shot himself, she told his last words on the phone were "they are coming, I am going to finish it right now".

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Re: Standartenfuhrer Wolfgang Joerchel

Post by Streckenbach » 13 Sep 2009 22:09

Harro wrote:Why were you not with your division (12. SS "Hitlerjugend" according to another topic) at that time?

Dear Harro, I think this question go s in my direction.I was serious wunded and transferred,after kind of first aid and so on to SS Hospital (Lazarett) Podol at Prag
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