Leo-Hermann Reinhold

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Leo-Hermann Reinhold
Born 22 February 1906
Königsberg, East Prussia
Died 26 October 1961(1961-10-26) (aged 55)
Lübeck, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1938–45
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 4th SS Polizei Division
10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross I Class
Iron Cross II Class
German Cross in Gold
Wound Badge
Panzer Badge in Silver
Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

Leo-Hermann Reinhold (22 February 1906 — 26 October 1961) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was a recipient of 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]

Leo-Hermann Reinhold was born on the 22 February 1906, in Königsberg East Prussia. His father Martin was a painter, after he finished elementary school he studied to be an office clerk until April 1928, when he joined the Landespolizei (State Police). Between May 1932 and June 1935 Reinhold was a platoon commander in the Landspolizei. Reinhold then completed his compulsory army service between June 1935 and March 1939. At the completion of his army service Reinhold returned to the Landespolizei in May 1939 and become the Adjutant to the Commander of Schupo in Frankfurt. He joined the NSDAP (party number 7052575) in April and was promoted to Oberleutnant (Senior Lieutenant) of Police in June 1939.

World War II[edit]

Reinhold joined the Polizei Division in October 1939 and was given command of the 2nd company and made the Battalion second-in-command of the SS Polizei Panzerjäger (tank hunter) Battalion. Joining the SS in January 1940 (SS number 422 117), he remained with the Panzerjäger Battalion until February 1943, being awarded the Iron Cross II class during the Battle of France in June 1940. Reinhold was married to his wife Gerda in July 1940 and stationed in France until moving east to take part in Operation Barbarossa the invasion of the Soviet Union.

Reinhold received his first wound in September 1941 and was awarded the Iron Cross I Class. Shortly after being promoted to Hauptsturmführer (Captain) in October 1941, he remained commander of the 2nd Company until being wounded again in February 1943. After recovering from his wounds he was posted to the newly formed 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg to take over command of the II. Battalion, 10th SS Panzer Regiment. In June 1943 he assumed command of the 10th SS Panzerjäger Battalion and was promoted to Sturmbannführer (Major) in November 1943, and received the Wound Badge in Silver for his fifth wound in April 1944.

Reinhold was awarded the Knights Cross during Operation Market Garden, in which he successfully repulsed a number of attacks from the allies at Nijmegen. This delayed the allies from relieving the British at the Arnhem Bridge and provided sufficient time for the Germans to place a defensive line before the British which held them in Oosterbeek.

In November 1944 he was posted to the SS Panzer Training and Reserve Regiment until February 1945 when he was given command of the Panzer Gunnery school until March 1945.

Post war[edit]

Reinhold survived the war and died on the 26 October 1961 in Lübeck.


Further reading[edit]

  • 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. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3384-7. 
  • Fey, Will; Henschler, Henri (2003). Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-2905-5. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). The German Defeat in the East, 1944–45. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3371-7. 
  • The Combat History of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg. available on line