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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 17 Jul 2020 23:04

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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 01:48

Kurt Budäus
SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve
Hauptmann der Reserve


Born: 16.03.1908 in Leipzig/Sachsen.
Died: 15.04.1963 in Land Kärnten/Österreich (per Veit Scherzer; Jost Schneider gives place of death as “Velbert/Rheinland“).

NSDAP-Nr.: 2.994.796 (Joined 01.05.1933)
SS-Nr.: Possibly none assigned. (Transferred from the Heer to the Waffen-SS, 04.02.1945, with effect from 23.11.1944)
SA: 00.09.1932-00.03.1933
HJ: 00.09.1931-00.05.1945

Promotions:
28.01.1938 Leutnant d. R. (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.02.1938)
25.09.1940 Oberleutnant d. R. (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.08.1940)
30.01.1941 HJ-Gebietsführer (Reichsjugendführung)
08.02.1941 Hauptmann d. R. (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.01.1941)
23.11.1944 SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R. (mit RDA vom 30.01.1941)
30.01.1945 SS-Sturmbannführer d. R.

Decorations & Awards:
21.12.1940 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberleutnant d. R. and MG-Zugfhr. in 4. (MG) Kompanie/I. Bataillon/Infanterie-Regiment 307/163. Infanterie-Division, Western Campaign (France)
13.07.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
20.04.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Kriegsverdienstkreuz I. Klasse ohne Schwerter
00.00.194_ Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse ohne Schwerter
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.19__ Goldenes Hitler-Jugend Ehrenzeichen
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 01:54

Walter Eggemann
Major der Reserve


Born: 28.04.1911 in Kötten/Kreis Liebenwerda/Regierungsbezirk Merseburg/Provinz Sachsen.
Died: 06.03.1956 in Heide/Holstein.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member; Heer officer assigned from 30.01.1945 to 05.03.1945 as Kommandoführer Einsatz Hammelburg under Sonderstab Gottberg {Special Staff of SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS und Polizei Curt von Gottberg, Sonderbevollmächtigter des RF SS im Wehrkreis III/IV/XI}]

Promotions:
26.08.1939 Schütze
01.04.1941 Leutnant d. R.
01.04.1943 Oberleutnant d. R.
01.01.1944 Hauptmann d. R.
01.04.1945 Major d. R.

Decorations & Awards:
18.04.1943 Ritterkeruz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Leutnant d. R. and Ordonnanz-Offizier beim Stab/Grenadier-Regiment 680/333. Infanterie-Division/XXX. Armee-Korps/1. Panzer-Armee/Heeresgruppe Süd, Eastern Front.
07.03.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
23.02.1943 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
15.05.1941 Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern
20.03.1943 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
04.08.1944 Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber
14.04.1943 Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz

Note: Recommended for award of the Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes by Curt von Gottberg/Sonderstab von Gottberg/Oberbefehlshaber Nordwest, 05.05.1945.
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 01:59

Wilhelm Eggers
SS-Hauptsturmführer der Reserve
Rittmeister der Reserve



Born: 07.07.1910 in Scheessel/Kreis Rotenburg in Hannover/Regierungsbezirk Stade/Provinz Hannover/Preußen.
Died: 11.03.1989 in Rotenburg an der Wümme.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: (“25.10.1944 aus dem aktiven Wehrdienst ausgeschieden und tritt mit Wirkung vom 26.10.1944 in den Befehlsberich der Waffen-SS (auch für das Friedensverhältnis) über”, per Ritterkreuzträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht 1939 - 1945, Teil III: Infanterie, Band 5: Dr-Em)

Promotions:
00.00.193_ Wachtmeister (also appointed as a Reserve-Offizier-Anwärter, 00.07.1938)
01.09.1940 Leutnant d. R.
03.11.1941 Oberleutnant d. R.
01.03.1942 Rittmeister d. R.
25.10.1944 SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R.

Decorations & Awards:
16.03.1942 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberleutnant d. R. and Chef 13.(IG)Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment 490/269. Infanterie-Division/XXVIII. Armee-Korps/18. Armee/Heeresgruppe Nord, Eastern Front.
02.09.1941 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
11.07.1941 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
00.00.19__ Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939
ca. 1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
00.00.19__ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. Klasse

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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

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Anton Stefan Edwin Holzinger
Oberst
SS-Obersturmbannführer (Uniformträger)


Born: 30.12.1901 in Pola/Istrien.
Died: 06.05.1989 in Graz/Steiermark/Österreich.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Heer officer temporarily classified from 19.07.1944 - 08.12.1944 “kommandiert in den Befehlsbereich der Waffen-SS” due to his assignment as Kdr. SS-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 27/13.Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS “Handschar” (kroatische Nr.1). Per Stammkarte in his SS-Personalakte:

m.W.v. 9.8.44 f. d. Dauer der Kommanderung zur W-SS die Berechtigung zum Tragen der Uniform eines SS-Ostubaf. der Waffen-SS erteilt m. Pat. v. 9.8.44.

Promotions:
30.08.1918 Matrose (k.u.k. Marine)
01.08.1922 Schwarmführer
28.12.1923 Zugsführer
11.11.1927 Wachtmeister
15.08.1928 Leutnant (15.10.1938: Granted Wehrmacht RDA vom 01.09.1928)
01.09.1932 Oberleutnant (15.10.1938: Granted Wehrmacht RDA vom 01.10.1932)
Deutsche Wehrmacht (Heer):
31.05.1938 Hauptmann (mit Wirkung vom 01.06.1938 & RDA vom 01.12.1935; 31.03.1939: New RDA vom 01.05.1935)
14.08.1940 Major (mit Wirkung vom 01.08.1940 & RDA vom 01.06.1940 [44a])
08.04.1942 Oberstleutnant (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.04.1942 [1023])
09.08.1944 SS-Obersturmbannführer
20.04.1945 Oberst (per entry in his Soldbuch)
Österreichische Bundesheer:
01.04.1956 Oberstleutnant
04.04.1957 Oberst
01.06.1966 Brigadier

Additional data on Holzinger's attachment to the Waffen-SS appears in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=38&t=50662&hilit=Holzinger

Career:

Decorations & Awards:
11.01.1941 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Major and Kommandeur of I.Bataillon/Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 138 (for service in Norway during Spring 1940 as Hauptmann and Fhr. Aktion “Wildente” im Verband des Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 138 [Assignment: Chef 1. Kompanie/I. Bataillon/Gebirgs-Jäger-Regiment 138]/Gebirgs-Korps Norwegen/Gruppe XXI)
07.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
21.10.1939 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
13.06.1940 Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
05.10.1941 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
ca. 1943 Erinnerungsmedaille für den deutsch-italienischen Feldzug in Afrika
00.00.1945 Lapplandschild
00.00.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
ca. 1943 Ärmelband “Afrika“
14.02.1935 Militärdienst[auszeichnung?] II. Klasse
22.12.1931 Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze
21.04.1934 Silbernes Verdienstzeichen für tapferes und erfolgreiches Verhalten bei den Februarkämpfen
26.12.1936 Österreichisches Sportabzeichen in Silber
28.08.1931 Österreichische Turn- und Sportabzeichen in Bronze
05.02.1937 Österreichische Kriegserinnerungs-Medaille
05.02.1937 War Commemorative Medal (Hungary)
04.03.1942 Order of the Cross of Liberty 3rd Class (Finland)
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

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Fritz Ludwig Karl Kraemer
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS


Born: 12.12.1900 in Stettin/Pommern.
Died: 23.06.1959 in Höxter (buried with full military honors in Hamburg-Ohlsdorf).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: 491.402 (V) (Transferred for temporary assignment from the Heer to the Waffen-SS, 15.06.1943; Officially discharged from Heer service, 31.07.1944, and entered active service with the Waffen-SS 01.08.1944 with effect from 01.09.1943).

Promotions:
00.00.1917 Fahnenjunker
05.08.1918 Leutnant (ohne Patent)
16.06.1928 Polizeileutnant
10.03.1931 Polizei-Oberleutnant
01.10.1934 Oberleutnant (Reichsheer)
01.05.1935 Hauptmann (mit RDA vom 01.05.1935)
00.00.1940 Major i. G.
01.04.1942 Oberstleutnant i. G.
01.01.1943 Oberst i. G.
01.09.1943 Berechtigung zum Tragen der Uniform eines Oberführers der Waffen-SS
01.08.1944 SS-Oberführer der Waffen-SS (mit RDA vom 01.04.1942)
01.08.1944 SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
20.04.1945 SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS

Career:
00.00.1917-00.00.1918 Entered service as Fahnenjunker, assigned to Infanterie-Regiment “Markgraf Ludwig Wilhelm” (3. Badisches) 111.
00.00.1918-30.04.1921 After commissioning, assigned as Zug- and Kompanieführer to Infanterie-Regiment 111.
30.04.1921 Discharged from Reichswehr service.
01.05.1921 Entered the preußischen Polizeidienst (Prussian Police Service).
01.10.1921-00.00.1928 Polizei service in Stettin.
00.00.1928-00.00.1930 Assigned as a Zugführer to the Schutzpolizei in Köslin.
00.00.1930-00.00.1933 Transferred to the Polizeiverwaltung in Köslin to the Polizeiverwaltung in Berlin, and assigned as a Zugführer to the Schutzpolizei in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
00.00.1933 Transferred to the Preußischen Landespolizei.
01.10.1934 Left the Landespolizei and entered the Reichsheer.
01.10.1934-01.05.1935 Attended the Kriegsakademie in Berlin.
01.05.1935-06.10.1936 Assigned to [as yet unknown duties with] Infanterie-Regiment 55 (Würzburg).
06.10.1936-00.03.1939 Chef of 5. Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment 55.
00.03.1939-01.06.1940 (?) Assigned as 2. Generalstabsoffizier (Ib) to Stab/13.Infanterie-Division (mot.) (Base: Magdeburg). Succeeded Major i.G. Erich Sosna.
01.09.1939-01.10.1939 Attached to the Generalstab.
01.10.1939 Transferred to the Generalstab.
01.06.1940-15.12.1942 1.Generalstabsoffizier (Ia) to Stab/13. Infanterie-Division (mot.) (redesignated 13. Panzer-Division, 11.10.1940). Succeeded by Helmut Moeller-Althaus. During this assignment, he made the acquaintance of his future commander in the Waffen-SS, "Sepp" Dietrich.
00.02.1942-00.02.1942 Attached to the Quartiermeister of III. Panzer-Korps.
16.12.1942-00.06.1943 Assigned as Oberquartiermeister to the Stab/1. Panzer-Armee
15.06.1943 Detached for service with the Waffen-SS.
20.06.1943-30.09.1944 Attached to the SS-Führungshauptamt, with assignment as Chef des Generalstabes of I. SS-Panzer-Korps.
01.09.1943-01.08.1944 zum Generalkommando des I. SS-Panzer-Korps kommandiert (“für die Dauer der Kommandierung berechtigt zum Tragen der Uniform eines Oberführers der Waffen-SS”)
31.07.1944 Released from Heer service.
01.08.1944 Officially transferred to the Waffen-SS, with effect from 01.09.1943.
09.08.1944-16.08.1944 Führer (m.d.F.b.) of I. SS-Panzer-Korps
24.10.1944-13.11.1944 Kommandeur of 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend”.
13.11.1944 Transferred to the SS-Führungshauptamt/Führerreserve, with simultaneous assignment as Chef des Stabes of "Auffrischungsstab 16".
01.12.1944-08.05.1945 Chef des Generalstabes of 6. Panzerarmee (redesignated 6. SS-Panzer-Armee, 31.01.1945) initially on the Western Front (where it was deployed in the Ardennes Offensive), and after the start of March 1945 on the Plattensee in Hungary (there the command was initially given the cover name "Höherer Pionierführer Ungarn").

Postwar Prosecution:
09.05.1945 Captured by U.S. troops in Kufstein.
16.04.1946 Transferred with 300 other “Untersuchungsgefangen” (investigative detainees) from internment in Schwäbisch-Hall to the Gerichtsort Dachau.
09.05.1946 In preparation for his trial as a war criminal, status changed from “Kriegsgefangener” (prisoner of war) to that of “Zivilinternierter” (civilian internee).
16.05.1946-16.07.1946 Tried- as defendant No. 33- in the “Malmedy Trial”- Case Number 6-24 (US vs. Valentin Bersin et al) before the General Military Court of the U.S. 3rd Army in Dachau (with Brigadier-General Josiah T. Dalbey presiding). Kraemer (former Chef des Generalstabes of 6.Panzer-Armee), “Sepp” Dietrich (former Oberbefehlshaber of 6.Panzer-Armee), and Hermann Priess (former Kommandierender General of I. SS-Panzer-Korps “Leibstandarte”) were charged with having issued orders leading to the 17.12.1944 murder of 71 U.S. Army soldiers at the crossroads of Baugnez during the Ardennes Offensive; also tried was Jochen Peiper and 71 former members of his Kampfgruppe Peiper.
16.07.1946 Sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
17.07.1946 Transferred from Dachau to the U.S. Army War Criminal Prison No. 1 in Landsberg am Lech/Bayern.
23.01.1952 Released from Landsberg, subsequently living in Höxter until his death.

Decorations & Awards:
17.12.1942 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kruzes as Oberstleutnant i. G. and 1. Generalstabsoffizier (Ia) in Stab/13. Panzer-Division, Eastern Front.
29.01.1942 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Major i. G. and Ia, Stab/13.Panzer-Division Eastern Front.
26.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
06.10.1939 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber
03.08.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
ca. 1944 Totenkopfring der SS

Notes:
* Son of a businessman.

Sources:
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland: SS-Personalakte of Fritz Kraemer. Microfilm document collection A3343SS.
Miller, Michael D. & Schulz, Andreas: Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume 2. R. James Bender Publishing, 2015.
Nix, Philip: Biographical Notes from the archives of Mr. Nix, Birmingham, England.
Schulz, Andreas & Zinke, Dr. Dieter: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei 1933-1945, Band 2 (Hachtel-Kutschera). Biblio-Verlag, 2005.
SS-Personalhauptamt: Dienstaltersliste der Schutzstaffel der NSDAP, Stand vom 9. November 1944.
Yerger, Mark C.: Waffen-SS Commanders: Augsberger to Kreutz. Schiffer Military History, 1997.
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 18:16

Werner Julius Clemens Ehrig
Generalleutnant


Born: 22.04.1897 in Eibenstock im Erzgebirge/Amtshauptmannschaft Schwarzenberg/Kreishauptmannschaft Zwickau/Sachsen.
Died: 31.03.1981 in Oldenburg in Oldenburg/Regierungsbezirk Weser-Ems/Niedersachsen.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member - Heer officer temporarily assigned as stellvertretender Führer of XI.SS-Armee-Korps, 01.01.1945 - 14.01.1945]

Promotions:
18.09.1914 Fahnenjunker-Anwärter
20.11.1914 Gefreiter
15.12.1914 Unteroffizier
20.01.1915 Fahnenjunker
14.07.1915 Fähnrich
03.12.1915 Leutnant (ohne Patnent; granted Patent vom 23.05.1916, 06.11.1916)
03.01.1924 Leutnant (mit Wirkung vom 01.01.1924 & RDA vom 01.10.1918)
01.11.1925 Oberleutnant (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.11.1925)
01.08.1933 Hauptmann (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.08.1933)
18.01.1937 Major (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.01.1937; granted new RDA vom 01.08.1936 on 05.01.1939)
20.03.1939 Oberstleutnant (mit Wirkung vom 01.04.1939 & RDA vom 01.10.1938)
15.09.1941 Oberst (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.10.1941; graned new RDA vom 01.04.1941 on 25.05.1942)
20.01.1944 Generalmajor (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.01.1944)
15.11.1944 Generalleutnant (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 09.11.1944)

Career:


Decorations & Awards:
26.05.1940 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberstleutnant i. G. and Ia/22.Infanterie-Division, Western Campaign
14.07.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Generalmajor and Kdr. 340. Infanterie-Division/XIII. Armee-Korps/4. Panzer-Armee/Heeresgruppe Nordukraine, Eastern Front.
14.05.1940 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
14.05.1940 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
10.08.1918 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
29.02.1916 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
09.10.1916 Sächsische Albert-Orden Ritterkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern
27.10.1915 Sächsische Friedrich-August-Medaille in Silber
25.02.1919 Verwundetenabzeichen (1918) in Schwarz
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1938 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
05.03.1935 Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern
02.10.1936 Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Order of the Star of Romania, 3rd Class with Swords

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Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 18:17

Wolf Ewert
Generalmajor


Born: 31.07.1905 in Stralsund/Vorpommern/Pommern.
Died: 16.03.1994 in Bad Nauheim/Landkreis Wetteraukreis/Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt/Hessen.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member - Officer of the Heer assigned as Inspekteur der rechtsrheinischen Truppen [Inspector of Training for Troops on the Eastern Rhein] under Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe Oberrhein [Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler], 00.11.1944 - 30.12.1945]

Promotions:
01.04.1926 Obergrenadier
01.10.1926 Fahnenjunker-Gefreiter
01.11.1926 Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier
01.09.1927 Fähnrich
01.08.1928 Oberfähnrich
01.07.1929 Leutnant
01.04.1933 Oberleutnant
01.08.1936 Hauptmann
01.06.1941 Major
30.04.1943 Oberstleutnant
20.08.1944 Oberst
01.03.1945 Generalmajor

Decorations & Awards:
18.07.1944 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberstleutnant and Kommandeur of Grenadier-Regiment 274/94. Infanterie-Division/LXXVI. Armee-Korps/10.Armee, Italian Front
01.11.1943 Deutsches Kreuz in Gold as Oberstleutnant, for earlier service as Kommandeur of Grenadier-Regiment 196/68. Infanterie-Division, Eastern Front
00.00.19__ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.19__ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.19__ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnungen

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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 18:19

Adrian Baron von Foelkersam
SS-Sturmbannführer


Born: 20.12.1914 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
KIA: 21.01.1945 in Hohensalza (by a bullet in the head as Chef des Stabes/SS-Jagd-Verbände and Führer of a Kampfgruppe).

NSDAP-Nr.: [Unknown if he held Party membership]
SS-Nr.: 365.159 (Joined Allgemeine-SS, ca. 1939)

Promotions:
00.00.19__ Leutnant d. R.
14.09.1942 Oberleutnant d. R.
00.00.194_ Hauptmann d. R.
00.00.194_ Major d. R. (?)
00.00.1944 SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R.
00.00.1945 SS-Sturmbannführer (posthumous promotion; possible date: 05.02.1945)

Decorations & Awards:
14.09.1942 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Leutnant d. R. and Adjutant of Stab I. Bataillon/Lehr-Regiment z.b.V. 800 “Brandenburg”,
Eastern Front
05.02.1945 Ehrenblatt-Spange des Heeres (posthumously) as SS-Sturmbannführer, Jagdverband Ost
00.00.19__ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.19__ 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
00.00.19__ Verwundetenabzeichen, 1939 in Schwarz
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Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 18:21

Alfred Gause
Generalleutnant


Born: 14.02.1896 in Königsberg/Ostpreußen.
Died: 30.09.1967 in Bonn.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member; Heer officer assigned as Chef des Generalstabes of 6.(SS-)Panzer-Armee, 14.09.1944 – 20.11.1944]

Promotions:
14.03.1914 Fahnenjunker
05.10.1914 Fähnrich
03.01.1915 Leutnant
18.10.1918 Oberleutnant
01.11.1927 Hauptmann
01.05.1934 Major
01.10.1936 Oberstleutnant
01.04.1939 Oberst
01.06.1941 Generalmajor
01.04.1943 Generalleutnant

Decorations & Awards:
13.12.1941 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Generalmajor and Chef des Generalstabes Panzergruppe Afrika, North Africa
00.00.19__ 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.19__ 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.191_ 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.191_ 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber
ca. 1918 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
00.00.1945 Ärmelband “Kurland”
00.00.1943 Ärmelband “Afrika”
ca. 1939 Spange “Prager Burg” zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1938 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
ca. 1934 Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern
00.00.193_ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. - I. Klasse
00.00.194_ Medaglia d’Argento al Valore Militare (Silver Medal for Military Valor, Italy)
00.00.19__ Officer’s Cross of the Military Order of Savoy (Italy)

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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 18 Jul 2020 18:22

Horst Harras
Major


Born: 22.03.1915 in Berlin-Friedenau.
Died: 26.10.1999 in Bergisch Gladbach/Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis/Regierungsbezirk Köln/Nordrhein-Westfalen.

NSDAP-Nr.: [Not a member]
SS-Nr.: [Not a member; as Kommandeur der Flakversuchsanstalt der Luftwaffe in Peenemünde and Karlshagen, assigned from 00.02.1945 as Leiter of the “Führungsstab Luftwaffe” attached to the “Sonderbeauftragten 2 des Reichsführers-SS” (SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Dr.-Ing. Hans Kammler) in Berlin and Bad Sachsa]

Promotions:
01.06.1936 Fähnrich
23.10.1936 Oberfähnrich
20.04.1937 Leutnant (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.04.1937)
01.08.1939 Oberleutnant
19.07.1940 Hauptmann (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 19.07.1940)
04.02.1944 Major (mit Wirkung vom 01.03.1944 & RDA vom 01.05.1944)

Decorations & Awards:
19.06.1940 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberleutnant and Chef of 8. Batterie/Flak-Regiment 38 (mot.)/Flak-Regiment 102/I. Flak-
Korps, Western Campaign.
03.06.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
27.05.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
30.01.1945 Kriegsverdienstkreuz I. Klasse mit Schwertern
28.03.1944 Kriegsverdienstkreuz II. Klasse mit Schwertern
09.02.1943 Erdkampfabzeichen der Luftwaffe
05.02.1942 Flakkampfabzeichen
ca. 1939 Spange “Prager Burg” zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.19__ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnung IV. Klasse

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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

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Gerhard (Gerd) Franz Hein
[Gerhard Philippczyk until 00.10.1938]
SS-Sturmbannführer
Oberstleutnant der Reserve



Born: 09.07.1916 in Klein-Paniow/Kreis Rybnik/Oberschlesien.
Died: 06.06.2008 in Harrislee bei Flensburg/Landkreis Schleswig-Flensburg/Schleswig-Holstein.

NSDAP-Nr.: 7.595.754 (Joined 00.04.1940)
SS-Nr.: None (Transferred from the Heer to the Waffen-SS, 16.08.1944 and assigned as Rgt.-Kdr. of SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 26/
12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend”, 00.08.1944 - 00.01.1945)
Heer: 00.00.1936-00.10.1938; 00.08.1939-00.05.1945
FAD: 00.05.1933-00.06.1934
HJ: 00.11.1931-00.05.1945

Promotions:
00.00.1938 RAD-Truppführer
00.00.193_ Gefreiter d. R.
00.10.1938 Unteroffizier d. R.
00.00.1939 Landjahr-Gruppenführer
00.00.1940 Feldwebel d. R.
03.09.1940 Landjahrführer
00.00.1941 Leutnant d. R.
00.09.1942 Oberleutnant d. R.
01.01.1943 Hauptmann d. R.
30.01.1943 HJ-Oberbannführer
13.02.1943 Hauptmann d. R. (mit Wirkung vom 01.03.1942)
00.00.194_ Major d. R.
02.01.1945 SS-Hauptsturmführer d. R.
30.01.1945 SS-Sturmbannführer d. R.
00.04.1945 Oberstleutnant d. R.

Decorations & Awards:
07.09.1942 Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (120.) as Leutnant d. R. and Führer of 5. Kompanie/Grenadier-Regiment 209/58. Infanterie- Division/XXXVIIII. Armee-Korps/18. Armee/Heeresgruppe Nord, Eastern Front. (personally presented by Adolf Hitler)
03.09.1940 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Unteroffizier d.R. and Zugführer in 10.Kompanie/Infanterie-Regiment 209/58. Infanterie-Division/16. Armee, Western Front.
15.07.1944 Deutsches Kreuz in Silber as Kommandeur der landeseigenen Verbände beim Höhen Kommissar für das adriatische Küstenland
27.06.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
23.06.1940 1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen in Silber
00.00.194_ Verwundetenabzeichen in Gold
00.00.1942 Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber
00.00.1941 Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz
00.00.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
00.00.1943 Goldenes Hitler-Jugend Ehrenzeichen mit Eichenlaub
00.00.193_ Goldenes Hitler-Jugend Ehrenzeichen
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

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Maximilian (Max) Karl Otto von Herff
SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS


Born: 17.04.1893 in Hannover/Regierungsbezirk Hannover/Provinz Hannover.
Died: 06.09.1945 of a stroke at Cornshead Priory POW Camp on Lake Windermere, Lancashire, Scotland (per Andreas Schulz, Jost Schneider, and E. G. Krätschmer [; Veit Scherzer gives “Lager [Camp] Ulverstone northwest of Preston/England”). Gravesite: German War Cemetery at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire).

NSDAP-Nr.: 8.858.661 (Joined 08.04.1942 with effect from 01.04.1942)
SS-Nr.: 405.894 (Joined 09.12.1941 with effect from 01.10.1939; assigned as Chef of the SS-Personalhauptamt, 01.10.1942 –08.05.1945)

Promotions:
11.02.1915 Leutnant (mit Patent vom 23.06.1913)
18.10.1918 Oberleutnant (U9u; 00.00.1922: Granted RDA vom 20.06.1918 [147])
01.02.1928 Hauptmann (5)
01.10.1934 Major
01.08.1937 Oberstleutnant
01.11.1941 Oberst
09.12.1941 SS-Mann (mit Wirkung vom 01.10.1939)
09.12.1941 SS-Oberführer der Waffen-SS (mit RDA vom 01.10.1939)
20.04.1942 SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
30.01.1943 SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
20.04.1944 SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS

Career:
ca. 1899-ca. 1902 Attended three classes of Volksschule.
ca. 1902-ca. 1911 Attended Gymnasium (graduated and passed his Abitur).
04.08.1914-00.00.191_ Entered military service, assigned to Leib-Garde-Infanterie-Regiment (1. Groβherzogl. Hessisches) Nr. 115 (Darmstadt).
00.00.191_-09.11.1918 Assigned to Infanterie-Regiment Nr. 154.
01.03.1919-01.10.1919 Service with Zeitfreiwilligen-Regiment Hannover (a Freikorps unit).
09.11.1919 Entered the Reichswehr with the rank of Oberleutnant.
01.10.1920- 00.00.1926 Assigned to Infanterie-Regiment 15 (Giessen).
00.00.1921- 00.00.1924 Bataillonsstabsoffizier in Infanterie-Regiment 15.
00.00.1924-00.00.1926 Assigned to 4.(MG-)Kompanie/15. Infanterie-Regiment.
00.00.1926-00.00.1927 Assigned to 18. Reiter-Regiment (Stuttgart).
00.00.1927-00.00.1932 Assigned to Stab/15. Infanterie-Regiment (Base: Kassel), as Regiments-Adjutant from 00.00.1929 to 00.00.1932.
00.00.1933-16.03.1935 (?) Chef of 1. Kompanie/15. Infanterie-Regiment.
16.03.1935-03.01.1939 Assigned to the Stab/VIII. Armee-Korps (Breslau).
03.01.1939-11.11.1940 Adjutant of XVII. Armee-Korps (Wien).
11.11.1940-00.00.1941 Kommandeur of Schützen-Regiment 115/15. Panzer-Division.
00.05.1941-08.06.1941 Kommandeur of “Kampfgruppe Herff” of the Deutschen Afrika-Korps (consisting of Schützen-Regiment 115, Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3, Kradschützen-Bataillon 15, Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 33, and parts of Flak-Regiment 18) in the area Bardia-Capuzzo-Sollum, tasked with protecting the Tobruk Front against enemy attacks from the east. He was also briefly charged with leadership of 15.Panzer-Division during this period, after its commander, Generalmajor Hans-Karl Freiherr von Esebeck, was wounded in action before Tobruk [13.05.1941]. He received the Ritterkreuz for bravery and leadership in the defense of the Halfaya Pass area during his command of this Kampfgruppe. The Kampfgruppe was initially pushed back on 15.05.1941 as a result of the British “Operation Brevity”. However, under his leadership, the Group reformed and attacked the next day; by evening, all ground except the Halfaya Pass had been recaptured. On 26.05.1941, von Herff led his Kampfgruppe in an attack on the Pass and dislodged the British. Major d. R. Wilhelm “Papa” Bach then took command of the forces in the Halfaya Pass). Von Herff wrote the following concerning the action which brought him the Knight’s Cross:

“We rolled into action at 4:30 A.M. [first light] on 27.05.[1941] and by 6:15 a.m. the pass was in our hands. The British took to their heels along the coastal plain toward Sidi Barrani. We picked up a lot of booty, above all artillery [nine guns], tanks [seven Matildas, including three in working order] and the trucks we needed so badly.”

17.11.1941 Meeting with Heinrich Himmler.
23.11.1941-25.12.1941 Attached to the Reichssicherheitshauptamt.
01.12.1941 Retired from the Heer.
09.12.1941 At the recommendation of Karl Wolff (a regimental comrade of von Herff from World War I), transferred from the Heer to the Waffen-SS (with effect from 01.10.1939).
00.01.1942-18.01.1942 Attached for instruction to the SS-Führungshauptamt.
19.01.1942-31.01.1942 Attached for instruction to the Hauptamt Ordnungspolizei.
00.02.1942-00.02.1942 Attached for instruction (one week) to the SS-Wirtschafts-Verwaltungshauptamt, SS-Rasse- und Siedlungshauptamt, and Hauptamt Persönlicher Stab RFSS.
00.03.1942-15.03.1942 Attached for one week of instruction to the Hauptamt SS-Gericht, Hauptamt Volksdeutsche-Mittelstelle, Stabshauptamt RKF, and SS-Hauptamt “Dienststelle Obergruppenführer Heissmeyer”.
21.03.1942 Applied for membership in the NSDAP.
01.04.1942 Attached to the SS-Personalhauptamt.
08.04.1942 Accepted as a member of the NSDAP/Ortsgruppe Berlin-Zehlendorf (with effect from 01.04.1942).
30.07.1942 “Für die Dauer der Erkrankung des Chefs des SS-Personalhauptamtes, SS-Obergruppenführer Schmitt, ... mit seiner Vertretung und mit der Führung der Geschäfte' beauftragt" (For the duration of the illness of the Chief of the SS-Personalhauptamt, SS-Obergruppenführer [Walter] Schmitt).
12.08.1942-01.10.1942 "geschäftsführender Vertreter des Chefs des SS-Personalhauptamtes" (acting deputy to the Chief of the SS Personnel Main Office, Walter Schmitt).
01.10.1942-08.05.1945 Chef of the SS-Personalhauptamt. Succeeded Walter Schmitt.
04.05.1943-16.05.1943 Inspection tour of the Generalgouvernement. The following description of the trip is based on the report of his subordinate, SS-Sturmbannführer Albert Franke-Griksch, who accompanied him: Departed from Tempelhof Aerodrome, Berlin, at 0915 hours on 04.05.1943, arriving in Krakow (with stops in Cottbus and Breslau) at 1140 hours. Greeted by Rudolf Höss, then proceeded directly to KL-Auschwitz, arriving at 1300 hours. Met with and addressed the assembled officers of the camp, later joining them for dinner. Driven around the entire camp area by Höss, then through the nearby town of Auschwitz. Following brief discussion with Höss in his residence, von Herff and Franke-Griksch departed Auschwitz for Krakow. On 05.05.1943, they met with the HSSPF in Krakow, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, regarding personnel matters; the SSPF for Krakow, Julian Scherner; the local RKFDV office; and the main hospital of the SS for Krakow. The day ended with their attending a party attended by the Gouverneur of Krakow, the BdO in the Generalgouvernement Herbert Becker, SS-Obersturmbannführer Erich Schellin, and Minister Rumelin. They carried out further inspections and attended other meetings on 06.05.1943, having to return to Berlin to attend the funeral of SA-Stabschef Viktor Lutze at 1800 hours. On 08.05.1943 at 1830 hours, they again arrived in Krakow, meeting with Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger and, under armed escort, continued their inspection of the Generalgouvernement. They visited the Truppenübungsplatz in Debica, meeting with its Kommandant, Bernhard Voss. From there, they left for the Lemberg area where, on 09.05.1943, they visited a resettlement cambp at Brezany for German farmers awaiting settlement in the Generalgouvernement as well as the SS stronghold at Pomorzany. On 10.05.1943, the two inspected the forced labor camp in Lwow where more than 30,000 Jews were held. In writing of this part of the journey, Franke-Griksch candidly records his observations and opinions: "The more one sees of Jewish people in these camps, the more one comes to loathe them. They have no composure, no self-esteem and no will to resist, not even passively, no pride, neither in their general bearing or their looks. On the contrary, they give way and try to make the best of the position they are in. " Later in the day, they inspected the department handling all confiscated/stolen Jewish property. On 02.05.1943, von Herff and Franke-Griksch visited the concentration camp and other SS facilities in Lublin, then the SS-Arbeitslager (Sonderlager) Trawniki, a labor and training camp where former Soviet POW's were transformed into camp guards under SS authority. After Trawniki, "we travelled back to Lublin to inspect the 'Einsatz REINHARD'. This branch has had the task of realizing all mobile Jewish property in the Gouvernement Poland. It is astonishing what immense fortunes the Jews have collected in their ghetto and even ragged and vermin infested dirty little Jews who look like beggars, carry with them, when you strip their clothes off them, foreign currency, pieces of gold, diamonds and other valuables. We wandered through the cellars of this 'special enterprise' and we were reminded of the fairy tales of the 'Arabian Nights' [He goes on in considerably detail about the quantities involved and the procedures for sorting, repairing, and distributing the belongings of exterminated Jews]. In the late afternoon, they proceeded to the SS Barracks in Lublin, with Odilo Globocnik as their guide ("In these barracks," writes Franke-Griksch, "the ideological planning for the reconstruction and colonization of the Generalgouvernement takes place."). They then attended a social gathering organized by Globocnik and Generalleutnant/SS-Gruppenführer Hilmar Moser. The following day, 13.05.1943, they inspected the Ostlager Erlenhof near Lublin, which included an SS training school, SS-managed farms, and various SS and Police strongholds, and that afternoon, visited the Arbeitslager Poniatowa, designed to hold 50,000 to 80,000 Jews. In describing the thousands of inmates at Poniatowo, which was swelling greatly at the time due to the influx of Jews deported during the Warsaw Ghetto liquidation, Franke-Griksch again opines on their character and his belief in the need for their disappearance: "... either this generation of ours succeeds in clearing up the Jewish problem completely and to its last consequences or, if their liquidation is not completely achieved, the Jewish people will rise again after this wave of oppression. Some individual cases may appear hard or even brutal but seeing these people in large masses and knowing how dangerous their passive attitude is to the life of the nations, one comes to the conclusion that this problem has to be cleared up completely to free the world once and for all of this pestilence." They then went to Radom, meeting with the SSPF, Dr. Herbert Böttcher, and spent the evening with Böttcher iand his staff. On the 14th and 15th of May, they visited Warsaw. Von Herff met with the SS- und Polizeiführer, Jürgen Stroop, who reported to him on the last phase of the "Gettoaktion" (in which some 56,000 Jews were killed or deported to death camps). He then met with Dr. Ludwig Hahn, the local Sipo and SD commander, who reported in detail on the fighting between German troops and Jewish resistance members. Franke-Griksche's overall assessment of the enemy: "Driving through the burning and already partly demolished districts, one meets shock troops everywhere with captured Jews, who were dragged out of this notorious quarter after long searches. It is amazing that this dirty lot, when stripped, is always found in possession of considerable amounts of money and cheques. It certainly is no heroic task to clear out and destroy once and for all this ghetto of Warsaw, which was for the whole Jewish world, a symbol of their independent life. All the more respect is due to the SS-men who dealt with this scum of the earth." After observing the destruction of numerous houses by German Army engineers, von Herff and Franke-Griksch departed the Ghetto. That evening, they met with the SS leadership in Warsaw; the following day, they inspected various SS units and facilities of the SS-WVHA, had a final meeting with Stroop, and departed the Warsaw central station for Berlin at 1900 hours. In an assessment of the SSPF in Lublin, Odilo Globocnik, prepared shortly after visiting that officer in Lublin, von Herff wrote:

“Little concerned about external appearance, fanatically obsessed with the task.... One of the best and most vigorous pioneers in the GG. Responsible, courageous, a man of action. His daredevil character often leads him to overstep the given limits and to forget the boundaries laid down within the Order [the SS], although not for reasons of personal ambition, but rather due to his obsession with the cause.” ( Bogdan Musial, The Decision-Making Process for the Mass Murder of the Jews in the Generalgouvernement, from www.yadvashem.org)

Postwar Confinement:
00.05.1945-06.09.1945 Captured by British troops in the area of Flensburg, then held at Cornshead Priory POW Camp (on Lake Windermere
in Cumbria) until his death.

Decorations & Awards:
13.06.1941 Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes as Oberst and Kdr. of Kampfgruppe "von Herff" (Schützen-Regiment 115), North Africa.
08.11.1918 Königlich Preußischen Ritterkreuz des Hausorden von Hohenzollern mit Schwertern
00.00.19__ 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
00.00.19__ 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
04.07.1917 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
14.10.1914 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
24.11.1915 Hessische Tapferkeitsmedaille
00.00.191_ Hesse Kriegerehrenzeichen (Warrior Honor Badge- a rarely seen pin-back decoration which was established by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig on his silver jubilee, 13.03.1917, for outstanding bravery by his Hessian troops)
00.00.191 Schaumburg-Lippe Kriegsverdienst-Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.1941 Panzerkampfabzeichen in Silber
ca. 1941 Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz
11.01.1919 Verwundetenabzeichen (1918) in Schwarz
00.00.1943 Ärmelband “Afrika”
ca. 1939 Spange "Prager Burg" zur Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1939 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
ca. 1938 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
ca. 1934 Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern
00.00.19__ Wehrmacht-Dienstauszeichnungen I. - IV. Klasse
00.00.194_ Ehrendegen des Reichsführers-SS
00.00.194_ Totenkopfring der SS
00.00.194_ SS-Zivilabzeichen (Nr. 10 141)
00.12.1941 (?) Julleuchter der SS
00.00.194_ Ehrenwinkel für alte Kämpfer mit Stern
00.00.1941 Medaglia d’Argento al Valore Militare (Silver Medal for Military Valor, Italy)
00.00.193_ Österreichische Kriegserinnerungsmedaille
00.00.193_ Commemorative Medal of the War of 1914-1918 with Swords (Hungary)

Notes:
* Son of the physician and Prussian Sanitätsrat Dr. med. Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Johannes Arnold von Herff (born 04.08.1864 in Gross-Gerau, died 05.09.1914 in Berlin) and his wife Olga, n\ée Sasse (born 04.07.1869 in Annaberg bei Bonn, died 20.06.1952 in Hannover). The family originated in Lüttich and had been enobled in Hessen Darmstadt in 1814.
* Religion: Protestant until 04.03.1943, then left the church and declared himself “gottgläubig”.
* Married in Giessen on 14.08.1920 to Hedwig Ida Margarete Lucie von Grolman (born 28.06.1896 in Emmerich/Rheinland, died 13.05.1982 in Biebertal-Krubach); she was the cousin of the later SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Polizei Wilhelm von Grolman. Three daughters were born to this marriage (on 18.04.1921; 30.10.1925; and 03.07.1927). His stepson was Oberstleutnant Freiherr von Erffa (an Oberleutnant as of 05.08.1941, he was promoted to Oberstleutnant on 01.11.1943, and was assigned as Adjutant (IIa) of LII.Armee-Korps by 1944).

Sources:
Höhne, Heinz: The Order of the Death’s Head. Martin Secker & Warburg, 1969.
Miller, Michael D. & Schulz, Andreas: Leaders of the SS & German Police, Volume 2. R. James Bender Publishing, 2015.
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland: SS-Personalakte of Maximilian von Herff. Microfilm document collection A3343SS.
Nix, Philip: Biographical Notes from the archives of Mr. Nix, Birmingham, England.
Schulz, Andreas & Zinke, Dr. Dieter: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei 1933-1945, Band 2 (Hachtel-Kutschera). Biblio-Verlag, 2005.
- Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei 1933-1945, Band III (Lammerding-Plesch). Biblio-Verlag, 2008.
SS-Personalkanzlei and SS-Personalhauptamt: Dienstaltersliste der Schutzstaffel der NSDAP, Stand vom 30. Januar 1942.
- Dienstaltersliste der Schutzstaffel der NSDAP, Stand vom 20. April 1942.
- Dienstaltersliste der Schutzstaffel der NSDAP, Stand vom 9. November 1944
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Re: Knight's Cross Holders of the Allgemeine-SS (etc.)

Post by Michael Miller » 19 Jul 2020 06:05

Helmuth von Pannwitz
SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
Generalleutnant

Born: 14.10.1898 in Gut Botzanowitz/Kreis Rosenberg/Oberschlesien.
Executed: 16.01.1947 in Moscow (hanged).

NSDAP-Nr.:
SS-Nr.: None assigned. Attached to the Waffen-SS for the duration of the war, 04.11.1944. Officially transferred from the Heer to the Waffen-SS, 11.02.1945.

Promotions:
19.10.1914 Kriegsfreiwilliger (Einjähriger)
03.03.1915 Fahnenjunker
03.03.1915 Unteroffizier
09.03.1915 Fähnrich
22.03.1915 Leutnant (mit Patent vom 22.03.1915; This was a “battlefield commission" - he was promoted “wegen Tapferkeit vor dem Freind [for bravery before the enemy])
10.03.1920 Charakter als Oberleutnant
00.00.1933 SA-Sturmführer
01.01.1935 Rittmeister (mit RDA vom 01.11.1933; 20.01.1935 Ordnungsnummer (61) erhalten)
31.03.1938 Major (mit Wirkung vom 01.04.1938) (44)
13.05.1941 Oberstleutnant (mit Wirkung & RDA vom 01.06.1941) (17)
01.04.1942 Oberst (135a)
01.06.1943 Generalmajor (19)
01.04.1944 Generalleutnant (mit RDA vom 01.04.1944) (9)
11.02.1945 SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS

Career:

Decorations & Awards:
23.12.1942 Eichenlaub zum Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (167.) as Oberst and Führer of Reiterverband von Pannwitz (“Kampfgruppe von Pannwitz”) southwest of Stalingrad)/4. Panzer-Armee/Heeresgruppe Don, Eastern Front (award personally presented by Hitler at Führer HQ, 13.01.1943).
04.09.1941 Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes as Oberstleutnant and Kommandeur of Aufklärungs-Abteilung 45/45. Infanterie-Division/Höheres Kommando z.b.V. XXXV/2. Armee/Heeresgruppe Mitte, Eastern Front.
05.10.1939 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
23.09.1939 1939 Spange zum 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
27.01.1917 1914 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
16.09.1915 1914 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse
00.00.194_ Tapferkeitsauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker II. Klasse in Silber
18.07.1941 Allgemeines-Sturmabzeichen
00.00.1918 Verwundetenabzeichen, 1918 in Schwarz
14.06.1921 Schlesischer Adler 1. Stufe
00.00.1920 Schlesischer Adler 2. Stufe
00.00.1942 Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42”
20.12.1934 Ehrenkreuz des Weltkrieges 1914-1918 mit Schwertern
02.10.1936 Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht IV. Klasse
07.05.1943 Military Order of Michael the Brave 3rd Class (Romania)
00.00.194_ Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir 1st Class with Star and Swords (Nezavisna Drzava Hrvatska [Independent
State of Croatia])

Notes:
* Second son of Oberleutnant a. D., Amtsrat, and Kgl. Domänenpächter Wilhelm von Pannwitz (born 00.00.1854, died 23.12.1931 in Goldberg/Schlesien; Son of Wilhelm von Pannwitz [1816-1886] ) and his wife Hertha, née Retter.
Married in Königsberg on 09.04.1938 to Ingeborg Neuland (born 23.10.1906, daughter of Bürgermeister a. D. ____ Neuland).
* Religion: Protestant.

Sources:
Schulz, Andreas & Zinke, Dr. med. Dieter: Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei, Band 3: Lammerding-Plesch. Biblio-Verlag, 2008.
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