Heinz Lammerding

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Heinz Lammerding
Born (1905-08-27)27 August 1905
Dortmund, Province of Westphalia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Died 13 January 1971(1971-01-13) (aged 65–66)
Bad Tölz, Bavaria, West Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen SS
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Brigadeführer
Commands held
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinz Lammerding (born 27 August 1905, Dortmund, Germany – d. 13 January 1971, Bad Tölz, Germany) was a Brigadeführer (Brigadier General) in the Waffen-SS and a commander of 2. SS-Division Das Reich.


In 1953, he was tried for war crimes for the massacre of Tulle and Oradour-sur-Glane and sentenced to death in absentia by the court of Bordeaux, but he wasn't extradited by West Germany.[1] He resumed his career as a civil engineer in Düsseldorf until his retirement and died of cancer at the age of sixty-six in 1971.

In the afterword of "The hanging garden", Ian Rankin claims that the British were involved in his capture:

"General Lammerding was the commanding officer. On 9 June, he'd ordered the deaths of ninety-nine hostages in Tulle. He also gave the order for the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre. Later on in the war, Lammerding was captured by the British, who refused his extradition to France. Instead, he was returned to Düsseldorf, where he ran a successful company until his death in 1971."[2][3][4]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Le maire d'Oradour-sur-Glane : « Il était dénué de toute humanité », Le Parisien, 14 August 2007 (French)
  2. ^ the hanging garden, °1998 by Ian Rankin
  3. ^ The "assassin of Oradour-sur-Glane" died at the age of 86, The World of 14 August 2007.
  4. ^ L'"assassin d'Oradour-sur-Glane" est mort à l'âge de 86 ans, Le Monde (with AFP), 14 August 2007 (French)
  5. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 266.


  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Walter Krüger
Commander of SS Division "Das Reich"
23 October 1943 – 24 July 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Christian Tychsen
Preceded by
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum
Commander of SS Division "Das Reich"
23 October 1944 – 20 January 1945
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz