Desiderius Hampel during the Great War

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Klemen L.
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Desiderius Hampel during the Great War

Post by Klemen L. » 13 Sep 2006 01:00

I am currently reading the regimental history of IR 16 (Belovár - Bjelovar) during the Great War 1914-1918 and on several occasions the history mentions a certain Leutnant HAMPEL.

Can anyone please confirm if SS-Brigadeführer Desiderius Hampel, the future commander of the 13th Waffen-SS Gebirgs-Division "Handschar" (Croatian No.1) from 1942 to 1945 ever served with this regiment during World War One? He was born in Sissak (Croatia), so there is a good chance I would say...

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Post by K.Kocjancic » 13 Sep 2006 07:13

From Axis Biographical Research:
HAMPEL, Desiderius (RK)
(1895-1981)
SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS:
Born: 20. Jan. 1895 in Sisak, Bosnia- Herzegovina.
Died: 11. Jan. 1981 in Graz, Styria.
NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: 468 174
Promotions:
SS-Brigf. u. Gen.Maj. d. W-SS: 30. Jan. 1945
SS-Oberf.: 9. Nov. 1944
SS-Staf.: 2. Apr. 1944
SS-Ostubaf.: 9. Nov. 1943
SS-Stubaf.: 15. May 1942 (entered Waffen-SS at that rank).
Career:
Kdr., 13.Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Handschar" (kroatische Nr. 1): 1. Jun. 1944 - May 1945 (surrendered his division to British forces, May 1945).
V.SS-Gebirgs-Korps: Oct.-early-Nov. 1943 (during that formations formation in Prague).
Kdr., SS-Gebirgs-Jager-Regiment 27: 28. Sep. 1943-30. Jan. 1945.
Kdr., Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon (Training & Replacement Battalion), SS-Freiw.-Geb.- Div. "Prinz Eugen": 11. Jun.-28. Sep. 1943.
Kdr., III./SS-Gebirgs-Jager-Regiment 1 "Prinz Eugen": 25. May 1942-1. Jun. 1943.
Pre-Waffen-SS Service:
Entered Austro-Hungarian Army as cadet, mid-Oct. 1914. Assigned to k.-u-k. Inf.Rgt. 16 (kroatische); commanded a platoon, Apr.-1. May 1915. Then commissioned Leutnant, 1. May 1915; given command of 14.Kompanie 'til autumn 1915. Then assumed command of 4.(MG)Kompanie. In that post to mid-Sep. 1918, when advanced to deputy battalion commander. Oberleutnant from 1. May 1917; led (with 3 other officers, a security unit against the Serbs toward the end of the war. Interned by Serbs for a year; later escaped to Vienna, then Budapest. Estate worker after WW I. Forestry student, University of Munich, 1925-28. Forestry worker to Dec. 1937. Entered Hungarian Army, Dec. 1937, serving in Budapest to Mar. 1941, then commanded an air defense unit at Csepel to time of his discharge, Nov. 1941. Joined Croatian Army as Major (Bojnik) and intelligence officer with IV. Army Corps (?); remained in that post to 15. May 1942, when he entered the Waffen-SS.
Decorations & Awards:
~ Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuz: 3. May 1945
1939 EK I: 29. Jun. 1944
1939 Spange zum 1914 EK II: 30. Jan. 1943
1914 Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
KVK II m. Schw.: 30. Jan. 1944
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Silber
Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
Österreichische Tapferkeitsmedaille 1. Klasse (Austria-Hungary, WW I)
Militärische Verdienstkreuz mit Kriegsdekoration und Schwertern (Austria-Hungary, WW I)
Militärische Verdienstmedaille in Silber (Austria-Hungary, WW I)
LP,
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Post by Andreas Schulz » 13 Sep 2006 11:26

15.10.1914 k.u.k. Fähnrich
01.05.1915 k.u.k. Leutnant
01.05.1917 k.u.k. Oberleutnant

00.00.1910 - 00.00.1914 k.u.k. Infanterie-Kadettenschule in Carlstadt (4 Klassen)
15.10.1914 Eintritt in das k.u.k. 16. Ungarische Infanterie-Regiment (kroat.) als aktiver Fähnrich (Warasdin)
12.12.1914 ins Feld gerückt
00.04.1915 - 01.05.1915 Zugführer im 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiment
01.05.1915 - Herbst 1915 Führer der 14. Kompanie des 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiments
00.00.1915 - 00.00.1915 kommandiert zu einem sechswöchigen MG-Lehrgang in Bruck an der Leitha
Herbst 1915 - 00.09.1918 Kommandant der 4. (MG-)Kompanie des 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiments
00.00.0000 - 00.00.0000 kommandiert zum Deutschen Offiziers-Fortbildungs- und Sturm- Lehrgang in Truskawiece
00.09.1918 - 00.11.1918 stellvertretender Bataillonskommandant und MG-Referent bei der 36. Infanteriedivision

source: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, vol. 2 (2006) by Andreas Schulz and Dieter Zinke

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Post by Klemen L. » 13 Sep 2006 12:33

Klemen & Andreas,
00.00.1910 - 00.00.1914 k.u.k. Infanterie-Kadettenschule in Carlstadt (4 Klassen)
15.10.1914 Eintritt in das k.u.k. 16. Ungarische Infanterie-Regiment (kroat.) als aktiver Fähnrich (Warasdin)
12.12.1914 ins Feld gerückt
00.04.1915 - 01.05.1915 Zugführer im 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiment
01.05.1915 - Herbst 1915 Führer der 14. Kompanie des 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiments
00.00.1915 - 00.00.1915 kommandiert zu einem sechswöchigen MG-Lehrgang in Bruck an der Leitha
Herbst 1915 - 00.09.1918 Kommandant der 4. (MG-)Kompanie des 16. Ungarischen Infanterie-Regiments
00.00.0000 - 00.00.0000 kommandiert zum Deutschen Offiziers-Fortbildungs- und Sturm- Lehrgang in Truskawiece
00.09.1918 - 00.11.1918 stellvertretender Bataillonskommandant und MG-Referent bei der 36. Infanteriedivision
I thank you both for your prompt replies. Yes, that's him all right. The history mentions this "Training-Course -> Lehrgang" in Truskawiece and Leutnant Hampel taking part in it with some other regimental officers. Also generally I got the impression that he had spent quite a lot of time at various training courses or in hospitals. :wink:

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Klemen

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