Heinrich Kling

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Heinrich Kling
Nickname(s) Heinz
Born (1913-09-10)10 September 1913
Kassel, Hessen
Died 30 September 1951(1951-09-30) (aged 38)
Drowned Lake Constance
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1933–45
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Commands held 101st SS Heavy Panzer Battalion
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Heinrich Kling (10 September 1913 – 30 September 1951) was a mid-ranking commander in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II, serving with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH).

Kling graduated from the SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz in 1938. On November 14th, 1939 he joined the 12th SS Totenkopf Standarte in Łódź, which shot a thousand residents of the psychiatric hospital in Owinsk near Poznań.[1] He participated in so called operations against "partisans", which meant the execution of Polish intellectuals and Jews.[1] For his service he was awarded with the Iron Cross 2nd Class and the War Merit Cross with swords.[1] Prior to Operation Barbarossa he came to the Leibstandarte.[1]

While in command of a Tiger I battalion, SS Panzer Regiment 1 he was awarded the German Cross in Gold on the 29 December 1943. [2] Since late November 1943 the SS Panzer Regiment 1 was commanded by Joachim Peiper, who made Kling leader of the II. Abteilung.[3] Peiper also nominated Kling for the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross,[4] which Kling reveived on 23 February 1944.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Westemeier, Jens (2014). Himmlers Krieger: Joachim Peiper und die Waffen-SS in Krieg und Nachkriegszeit (Krieg in der Geschichte ed.). Paderborn: Verlag Ferd.Schöningh. p. 279. ISBN 978-3-506-77241-1. 
  2. ^ "Military career". Retrieved 13 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Westemeier, Jens (2014). Himmlers Krieger: Joachim Peiper und die Waffen-SS in Krieg und Nachkriegszeit (Krieg in der Geschichte ed.). Paderborn: Verlag Ferd.Schöningh. pp. 279, 292. ISBN 978-3-506-77241-1. 
  4. ^ Westemeier, Jens (2014). Himmlers Krieger: Joachim Peiper und die Waffen-SS in Krieg und Nachkriegszeit (Krieg in der Geschichte ed.). Paderborn: Verlag Ferd.Schöningh. p. 292. ISBN 978-3-506-77241-1. 
  5. ^ @ALEX Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Reichsgesetzblatt Teil I S. 613; 28 September 1941

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