Hans-Georg von Charpentier

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Hans-Georg von Charpentier
Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Bueschel-097-25, Hans-Georg von Charpentier.jpg
Born 16 July 1902
Strassburg, German Empire
Died 9 March 1945(1945-03-09) (aged 42)
Budapest, Hungary
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1935–45
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit SS-VT
8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Wound Badge
General Assault Badge

Hans Georg von Charpentier (16 July 1902 – 9 March 1945) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Early life[edit]

Hans Georg von Charpentier was born in Strassburg on the 16 July 1902. In his early years he was employed as a stall master in the Hippodrome at Frankfurt. Then from 1932 to 1935 he was on tour in Saarbrücken, when on tour he joined the NSDAP in August 1933 (party number 1375222) and volunteered to join the SS-VT in May 1935 in Hagen (SS number 258019). By the start of World War II he had been posted into the 3rd Squadron, 1st SS Totenkopf Cavalry Regiment.

World War II[edit]

In World War II Von Charpentier was selected to become an officer and promoted to Untersturmfuhrer (Second Lieutenant) in October 1940, he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class in August 1941, fighting in the Soviet Union during Operation Barbarossa when he was the Reconnaissance troop commander the Iron Cross 1st class was awarded in January 1942. In November 1942, he was given command of the 3rd Squadron, 15th SS Cavalry Regiment. He was awarded the Knight's Cross in December 1942 when in command of the 3rd Squadron

von Charpentier did not survive the war, he was killed in action during the attempted breakout from Budapest on the 9 March 1945.


  • 1st SS Totenkopf Cavalry Regiment
  • 3rd Squadron, 1st SS Cavalry Regiment, platoon commander 5.12.1939
  • 1st SS Cavalry Regiment, Adjutant 15.08.1941
  • 1st Cavalry Regiment, Squadron Commander, SS Cavalry Division 15.12.1941
  • 3rd Squadron, 1st SS Cavalry Regiment Commander, SS Cavalry Division November 1942
  • 18th SS Cavalry Regiment, 8th SS Cavalry Division Commander


Further reading[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. 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. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3384-7. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). The German Defeat in the East, 1944–45. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3371-7. 
  • 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.