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20 July 1920|
|Died||30 June 2011 (aged 90)|
|Years of service||1937–1945|
|Unit||6th SS Gebirgs Division Nord
11th SS Panzergrenadier Division Nordland
103 SS Heavy Panzer Battalion
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Karl Brommann (20 July 1920 – 30 June 2011) was a Untersturmführer (Storm Leader/Second Lieutenant) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, awarded by Nazi Germany for extreme battlefield bravery. He was credited with the destruction of 66 tanks along with 44 anti tank guns and 15 vehicles in the battle for Danzig.[unreliable source?]
World War II
Brommann was born on 20 July 1920 in Neumünster in Holstein. In 1937 he volunteered to join the SS in 1937 and was posted to the SS Totenkopf. In 1938 he took part in the Anschluss of Austria and the occupation of the Sudetenland. In October 1944 the Battalion received their first Tiger II tanks and on 27 January 1945 was transferred to the Eastern Front in East Prussia. He was awarded the Knight's Cross. Brommann was mentioned in the daily OKW propaganda report, Wehrmachtbericht, on 10 April 1945. He surrendered to the British forces on 21 May 1945, and was held as prisoner of war until 1947.
- Anschluss Commemorative Medal 13 March 1938 (26 October 1939)
- Iron Cross (1939), 2nd Class (1 December 1941)
- Infantry Assault Badge in Silver (31 December 1941)
- Panzer Badge in Silver (24 February 1945)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (29 April 1945)
- Karl Brommann's obituary (Portuguese)
- Scherzer 2007, p. 246.
- Henschler & Fey 2003, pp. 242-245.
- Huß & Viohl 2003, p. 53.
- Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939-1945 Band 3, p. 529.
- Huß & Viohl 2003, p. 52.
- Henschler, Henri; Fey, Willi (2003). Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943–45. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-2905-5.
- Huß, Jürgen; Viohl, Armin (2003). Die Ritterkreuzträger des Eisernen Kreuzes der preußischen Provinz Schleswig-Holstein und der Freien und Hansestadt Lübeck 1939–1945 [The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross Bearers of the Prussian Province of Schleswig-Holstein and the Free and Hanseatic City of Lübeck 1939–1945] (in German). Zweibrücken, Germany: VDM Heinz Nickel. ISBN 978-3-925480-79-9.
- 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.
- Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 3, 1 January 1944 to 9 May 1945] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2.