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Werner Ziegler was born on 30 April 1916 in Hausach. When he entered combat for the first time he demonstrated abilities beyond his years. He was innovative in the use of tactics and earned the reputation as being the "specialist in the night attack". Although suffering a wound during the course of an attack against the Soviets, he continued to lead his men with determination and valor. For his actions, he was awarded the RK. He eventually assumed command of the infantry regiment to which he was assigned and went on to earn the Swords.