SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

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SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Griffin brigade » 14 Mar 2009 17:51

Has anyone any bio info or photos of SS Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig, many thanks in advance,

Paul

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby freddiefro » 14 Mar 2009 20:43

Here's what I have for SS-Sturmbannführer Herzig:

Herzig, Friedrich (Fritz)
Born: 18.07.1915 in Wiener Neustadt
Died: 23.01.1954 in Aalen (Autounfall)
SS Nr.: 49.371
SS-Mann: 20.02.1933; SS-Rottf.: 01.08.1934; SS-Uscha..: 20.02.1935; SS-Scha-.: 09.11.1935; SS-Hscha..: 25.02.1936; SS-Ustuf.: 20.04.1936; SS-Ostuf.: 30.01.1939; SS-Hstuf.: 20.04.1941; SS-Stubaf.: 01.09.1944

1./I./52: 28.11.1932 - 01.08.1933
5./Sta."Deutschland': 23.10.1934
SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig: 24.04.1935 - 1936
F.i. II./ SS-Deutschland: 01.04.1936 - 01.10.1936
F.i. IV./ SS-Deutschland: 01.10.1936 - 01.05.1938
Zugführer, II./ SS-Deutschland: 01.05.1938 - 01.06.1938
Zugführer, IV./ SS-Deutschland: 01.06.1938 - 10.06.1939
Ord.Offz. SS-AR: 01.09.1939 - 01.12.1939
Kp.Fhr. 3./ Kradschtz.-E.Kp.: 01.12.1939 - 01.11.1940
Chef 3./ SS-Aufkl.Abt. 5: 01.10.1940 - 10.06.1942
Stab SS-Pz.Rgt. 2: 11.06.1942 - 01.11.1942
Stabskp.I./ SS-Pz.Rgt. 2: 01.11.1942 - 30.01.1943
Kp.Chef 8.(s.) SS-Pz.Rgt. 2: 31.01.1943 - 30.04.1943
Kp.Chef 1./SS-Pz.Abt.: 01.05.1943 - 31.10.1943
Fhr.II./ SS-Pz.A. u. E.Rgt.: 01.11.1943 - 29.02.1944
Kdr. SS-Pz.Unterf.-Lehr-Abt.: 01.03.1944 - 04.08.1944
Pz.Tr.Sch. Bergen: 15.05.1944 - 27.05.1944
Ia SS-Panzer-Brig."Groß": 04.08.1944
Kdr. s.Pz.Abt. 503: 18.01.1945

Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse: 10.07.1941
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse: 10.09.1941
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz: 17.03.1943
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42" (Ostmedaille): 04.11.1943
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold: 06.01.1945 (as SS-Stubaf., SS-Pz.Brig. "Groß")
Sturmabzeichen in Silber
Goldenes Hitlerjugend-Ehrenzeichen
Deutsche Lebens-Rettungs-Gesellschaft Abzeichen
Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
Totenkopfring der SS
Bronzenes SA-Sportabzeichen
Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze

Married (Marta Gold), 2 children

- Fred
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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Hardigan » 15 Mar 2009 00:37

Here's a photo where I recognized Herzig , it was posted on the 'WAF' forum.
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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Hardigan » 15 Mar 2009 10:38

And of course he won the Knight's Cross !

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby freddiefro » 15 Mar 2009 15:07

Yes, thank you Hardigan. I forgot to include:
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes: 29.04.1945 (as SS-Stubaf., Kdr. s.SS-Pz.Abt. 503).

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Re: SS Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Griffin brigade » 15 Mar 2009 16:43

Many thanks Fred , much appreciated :D

I understand that he was awarded the RK during the Battle of Berlin do you know the exact circumstances ?

regards

Paul

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Mikedc » 15 Mar 2009 17:19

As place of death I've Ellwangen.....

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby freddiefro » 15 Mar 2009 17:49

John P. Moore's "Führerliste" also has Ellwangen as where Herzig died. Herzig lived in Ellwangen (according to the Vorschlag for his DKiG), but was killed in an auto accident in Aalen (according to both E.G. Krätschmer and Veit Scherzer). Aalen is 17 km south of Ellwangen.

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Mikedc » 15 Mar 2009 18:19

Thanks Fred,

I'll change his place of death right away in my file about Herzig....And yes, I saw on the internet that Aalen is not far away from Ellwangen....


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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Mikedc » 15 Mar 2009 18:34

I've Herzig in 1939 with the SS-VT-FlaK-Abteilung instead of the SS-Art.-Rgt.

And I don't understand the following:
Kp.Fhr.3./ Kradschtz.-E.Kp.: 01.12.1939 - 01.11.1940 According to what I know this stands for Kompanieführer from
3. Kompanie with SS-Kradschützen-Ersatz-Kompanie. Was he maybe commander from 3. Platoon with SS-Kradschützen-Kompanie????

I've something different here:
Kp.Chef 8.(s.) SS-Pz.Rgt. 2: 31.01.1943 - 30.04.1943 I've written down from 17-2-43 till 29-3-43.

I've sonething different here:
Kp.Chef 1./SS-Pz.Abt.: 01.05.1943 - 31.10.1943 I've written down that from 29-3-43 till the beginning of 44 he was CO from 14.(MG)Kompanie with III. Btl. from SS-Pz.-Gren.-Rgt. 1

Here I also have something different:
Fhr.II./ SS-Pz.A. u. E.Rgt.: 01.11.1943 - 29.02.1944 I've written down that between the beginning of 44 and the summer of 44 he commanded the III. Panzer-Lehr-Abteilung with SS-Pz.-Aus.- und Ers.-Rgt.

Ia SS-Panzer-Brig."Groß": 04.08.1944 I've Ia from SS-Panzer-Brigade 'Gross' between 8-8-44 and 6-3-45.

Kdr.s.Pz.Abt.503: 18.01.1945 I've that between ??-1-45 and ??-3-45 he was CO from the Abteilungsstab with the schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 and that between 6-3-45 and 17-4-45 he commanded schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503. And between 17-4-45 and ??-5-45 he commanded II. Abt. within SS-Panzer-Regiment 11 'Hermann von Salza'.


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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby freddiefro » 15 Mar 2009 19:38

Mike,

I used the Vorschlag for Herzig's DKiG as one of the references for his bio (see below). Perhaps errors were made by the person entering the information, but it seemed to correspond to other references I've seen…I'll have to check further. (Source: Personalakten contained in Part 2 of John P. Moore's "Führerliste der Waffen-SS"). In Krätschmer's "Die Ritterkreuzträger der Waffen-SS" he states (on pg.915) "Vom 17.Januar 1945 bis Kriegsende war er Kommandeur der (schweren) SS-Panzerabteilung 503." (I had 18.01.1945 because of an entry on Herzig's Führerstammkarte; Axis History Factbook has the same information (see http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=2026).

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Endzeit Jan » 12 Jun 2009 20:56

Hi
Led SS-Hstuf. Fritz Natterer the Department before or after Herzig?
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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Mikedc » 12 Jun 2009 21:38

Hey Fred,

Thanks for the usefull info and please don't think I'm questioning your sayings.
I'm just letting you know what I've found about this officer through different info on the internet and here on the forum. I don't have any official sources(Führerliste or something else)so all the things I find are coming from the internet and from this forum and I just try to piece everything together.....
And yes, mistakes can be made as well in the info I've found about this officer. I just wanted to point out all the differences because they have to come from somewhere.....


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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby AlifRafikKhan » 05 Nov 2012 22:37

“Fritz” Herzig was born on July 18, 1915 in the industrial town of Wiener Neustadt, Austria, near the Hungarian border. On February 20, 1933, shortly after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, Herzig’s nearly three-month probation for acceptance into the SS ended and he was made an SS-Mann. After promotion to SS-Rottenführer he joined the Party’s newly created paramilitary /combat element, SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), as part of 5th Company, II Battalion, Deutschland Regiment under SS-Brigadeführer Felix Steiner, on October 23, 1934. A year-long stint at the new SS-Junkerschule (Officer School) in Braunschweig was followed by additional service with Deutschland until mid-1939.

When war broke out with Poland, SS-Obersturmführer Herzig was the ordnance officer for SS Artillery Regiment SS-VT. On October 1, 1940 he was made commander of 3rd Company, 5th SS Motorcycle Reconnaissance Battalion, as part of Nordische Division (Nr. 5) (known as SS Infantry Division (mot.) Wiking after December 21, 1940, when Steiner merged SS-VT Regiment Germania with the Flemish and Dutch volunteers of Westland and the Norwegians, Swedes, and Danes of Nordland). Following staff work with Das Reich’s 2nd Regiment throughout 1942, Herzig, now an SS-Hauptsturmführer, was given command of the division’s 8th (Heavy) Company of Tiger Is. From May 1943 to August 1944 Herzig’s military career continued to focus on armored commands, and related training and instruction duties.

With experienced commanders needed at the front, Herzig was sent to the staff of SS Panzer Brigade Gross where the formation attempted to keep Soviet forces out of Riga and the Kurland Peninsula. Five months later SS-Sturmbannführer Herzig accepted his final command with 503rd Heavy SS Panzer Battalion, which he led from Arnswalde to the fall of Berlin. After days of desperate fighting in the German capital, Herzig won the Knight’s Cross for destroying eight Soviet tanks. By May 2, 1945, with all of his Tiger IIs destroyed or immobilized, he led what was left of his command from the Reich Air Ministry, and crossed the Elbe River to US lines.

Considered an effective commander by his men, Herzig was often distant and impersonal. His devotion to the cause, and bravery on the battlefield, were not doubted, as evidenced by his numerous political, combat, and sports awards. Herzig survived the war only to be killed in an automobile crash less than nine years later.


Source: Book "King Tiger vs IS-2 - Operation Solstice 1945" by David R. Higgins

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Re: SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Herzig

Postby Griffin brigade » 05 Nov 2012 23:23

Many thanks for this additional info !!

regards

Paul


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