Herbert-Ernst Vahl

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Herbert-Ernst Vahl
Herbert-Ernst Vahl
Born (1896-10-09)9 October 1896
Died 22 July 1944(1944-07-22) (aged 47)
near Thessaloniki, Hellenic State
Years of service 1914–44
Rank SS-Brigadeführer
Commands held
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Herbert-Ernst Vahl was a high-ranking member in the Waffen-SS during World War II who commanded the SS Division Das Reich and the 4th SS Polizei Division. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of Nazi Germany.

In February 1943, Vahl was promoted to Oberführer, and given command of the SS Division Das Reich which was stationed in the Soviet Union. While in command during the Third Battle of Kharkov he was seriously wounded and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. After recovering from his wounds he became the Inspector of Panzer troops in the SS Führungshauptamt (SS Leadership Main Office). In July 1944 Vahl returned to active service with the SS Polizei Division which was stationed in Thessalonika, Greece. Vahl arrived to assume command of the Division on 13 July 1944 but was killed in an auto accident on 22 July 1944.

His SS # was 430 348 and he joined the SS on 1 August 1942.




  • 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 Georg Keppler
Commander of 2. SS-Division Das Reich
10 February 1943 – 18 March 1943
Succeeded by
SS-Oberführer Kurt Brasack
Preceded by
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock
Commander of 4th SS Polizei Division
7 May 1944 – 22 July 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Standartenführer Karl Schümers