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Günther Degen
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Born 30 August 1917
Died 13 March 1945(1945-03-13) (aged 27)
Place of birth Hanover, Germany
Place of death Koblenz, Germany
Allegiance Flag of German Reich (1935–1945).svg Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel Waffen-SS
Years of service 1939–1945
Rank Hauptsturmführer
Unit 6th SS Gebirgs Division Nord
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class

Günther Degen (30 August 1917 — 13 March 1945) was a Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in the Waffen-SS during World War II and 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.

Hauptsturmführer Günther Degen was in command of the I.Battalion, 11th SS Gebirgsjager (Mountain) Regiment Reinhard Heydrich, 6th SS Gebirgs Division Nord when he was awarded the Knight's Cross on the 7 October 1944, when serving in Finland.

Degen did not survive the war but was killed in action on 13 March 1945 near Pfaffenheck were he lies buried in a military cemetery.


Further readingEdit

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3384-X
  • Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8117-2905-2
  • Mitcham Samuel, The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45,Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3371-8
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