W-Oschaf.d.SS Francois Apollot

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W-Oschaf.d.SS Francois Apollot

Post by Michael Miller » 15 Dec 2003 18:34

Seeking any information beyond the following concerning


François Apollot
Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS


Born:

Promotions:
Waffen-Unterscharführer der SS:
Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS:

Career:
Sergeant-Chef in 28th Regiment de Forteresse: (06.1940).

Service with the Kriegsmarine, Schiffstammabteilung 28 (SStA 28): ____ - 05.1944.

Assigned as NCO to 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1): 05.1944 – 05.1945.

Decorations & Awards:
~ Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes: 29.04.1945 as Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS, Zugführer in the
Divisionskampfschule der 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1)
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse

Notes:
* According to at least one source, Apollot was killed in action by a Soviet sniper near the Reichsluftfahrtministerium building, Berlin on 2.05.1945. In fact, he was still living in France as late as 03.1997.


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Post by Peter » 15 Dec 2003 18:45

Mike
I have seen his year of birth somewhere, I'll have it look, I think it was given as 1902 or 1903 or similar, older than I'd imagined.

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Post by Denis » 16 Dec 2003 09:12

Hello
His last unit would have been 2/Wach u. Ausbildung Kp. He is credited for having destroyed 6 Soviet tanks in the Berlin battle. I will have a look in my French archives to see if I can find more details. *
Bernd Diroll in his books (Personal Lexikon der NSDAP, SS Führer) published by Klaus Patzwall shows a clear photo of Appolot but I don't know if this is really him. Diroll states that he was still living after the war. As far as I know, this was the first time that I read this point. All other sources said he was killed in Berlin in the last days of April or beginning of May.
Appolot is not listed in the official list of KC holders (contrarily to UScha. Eugène Vaulot or Hpstuf. Henri Fenet). The other KC holders from the Charlemagne division was Ostuf. Wilhelm Weber who was the CO of the Div. Kampfschule.
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Re: W-Oschaf.d.SS Francois Apollot

Post by Dieter Zinke » 16 Dec 2003 09:17

Michael Miller wrote:Seeking any information beyond the following concerning


François Apollot
Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS


Born:

Promotions:
Waffen-Unterscharführer der SS:
Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS:

Career:
Sergeant-Chef in 28th Regiment de Forteresse: (06.1940).

Service with the Kriegsmarine, Schiffstammabteilung 28 (SStA 28): ____ - 05.1944.

Assigned as NCO to 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1): 05.1944 – 05.1945.

Decorations & Awards:
~ Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes: 29.04.1945 as Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS, Zugführer in the
Divisionskampfschule der 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1)
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse

Notes:
* According to at least one source, Apollot was killed in action by a Soviet sniper near the Reichsluftfahrtministerium building, Berlin on 2.05.1945. In fact, he was still living in France as late as 03.1997.


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Hi Mike,

indeed Apollot recieved the Knight Cross, presented him from Wilhelm Mohnke in the "Bunker" of the "Reichskanzlei" , so as he did with Fenet, Fey, Gieseler ( ? ), Herzig, Körner, Schäfer, Vaulot and Weber.
6 or 7 years ago I saw an information in "Der Freiwillige" concerning he was still alive, showing also a (poor) foto of this time.
Also in the newest edition of Walther-Peer Fellgiebel (Podzun Pallas, 2000)
"Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes....." Apollot is missing.
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Post by Bjørn from Norway » 16 Dec 2003 20:22

Hello mr Miller,
here is the picture in talk.
Appearently noone even in his family knew about Appolots SS career, until the time his son read a book by Jean Mabire, exposing Appolots war service. This is said to have been in the 80s.

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Post by Bjørn from Norway » 16 Dec 2003 20:28

...just to mention:

"Decorations & Awards:
~ Ritterkreuz des Eisernes Kreuzes: 29.04.1945 as Waffen-Oberscharführer der SS, Zugführer in the
Divisionskampfschule der 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1)
1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse"

"Oberscharführer der SS, Zugführer in the
Divisionskampfschule der 33.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS "Charlemagne" (französische Nr. 1) " is of course no decoration, but rank&unit.

"1939 Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse
1939 Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse"

I know you are referring to the 1939 class EKs, but it would look like he recieved them in 1939. Which he appearently did not. You could simply remove the "1939"? :wink:

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Post by Bjørn from Norway » 16 Dec 2003 20:37

Sorry to make so many postings in a row, but I just had my sources handy, and quote: He was a German POW intil 1942, when he served as a "Freiarbeiter" - "Free worker" so to say. This was in Pillau and Königsberg. The story says he was caught redhanded in bed with the bed of his "Schichtmeister", and had to choose between army service or a KZ.

He was in the Navy (SStA 28) only in May/June 1944, before being transferred to "Charlemagne".

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Post by Daniel L » 16 Dec 2003 20:44

According to my sources he destroyed six tanks in Berlin, it is unclear if he recieved any tank destruction badges due to this but it's probable since other members of the unit (according to some sources) recieved badges.

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Post by Michael Miller » 16 Dec 2003 20:55

Thanks, gentlemen! Terrific information and photo.

Yes, Bjorn- you're right. I should probably omit the "1939", as it's obvious that it was the 1939 (and not 1914, 1870, or 1813:o) EK's that he received.

Best wishes,
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Post by copiloto » 04 Jun 2006 12:15

Hello everybody.
I want to confirm that François Appollot is a Ritterkreuzträger.
He is mentioned in the book "Berlin 1945 by Georges Bernage, Editions Heimdal" although with the name Robert Appollot, but I can´t find him in neither http://www.feldgrau.com nor http://www.das-ritterkreuz.de, in the other hand I can find Henri-Joseph Fenet and Eugène Vaulot in both of them.
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Re: W-Oschaf.d.SS Francois Apollot

Post by Jan-Hendrik » 15 Jun 2008 18:12

indeed Apollot recieved the Knight Cross


What is the actual "stand" on this topic? :wink:

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Re: W-Oschaf.d.SS Francois Apollot

Post by Jeremy Dixon » 17 Nov 2018 21:59

His name is not in Scherzer "Ritterkreuztrager 1939-1945"

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