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Joachim Wünning
Born (1898-04-01)1 April 1898
Died 22 September 1944(1944-09-22) (aged 46)
Place of birth Kleinhelmsdorf
Place of death Vathi, Greece
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1919)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch  Kaiserliche Marine
 Reichsmarine
 Kriegsmarine
Years of service 1915–1919
1939–1944
Rank Korvettenkapitän der Reserves
Unit SMS Schleswig-Holstein
SMS Kaiserin Augusta
Admiral Graf Spee
Hilfskreuzer Widder
Commands held Minenschiff Drache
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Other work Politician

Joachim Wünning (1 April 1898 – 22 September 1944) was a highly decorated Korvettenkapitän der Reserves in the Kriegsmarine during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Political career[edit | edit source]

In the 1932 German federal election, Joachim Wünning was elected to the Reichstag as a member of the NSDAP and represented the area of Merseburg until his death in 1944.

Death[edit | edit source]

Joachim Wünning was killed on 22 September 1944 near Vathi, Greece, by Allied aircraft. He was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 22 October 1944.

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 367.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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