List of Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross recipients of the Waffen-SS

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The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes) and its variants were the highest award in the military and paramilitary forces of Nazi Germany. During World War II, 457 servicemen of the Waffen-SS, including volunteers and conscripts from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Latvia, Netherlands and Norway, received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. Of these, 411 presentations were formally made and evidence of the award is available in the German Federal Archives. One recipient, Hermann Fegelein, was court-martialed and executed on 29 April 1945. According to German law he was deprived of rank and all awards previously. Fegelein must therefore be considered a de facto but not de jure recipient. A further 46 Knight's Cross, 8 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and 4 Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords recipients are either lacking the evidence to sustain their listings or received the award under questionable legal terms. All of them were accepted by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients as legitimate recipients.[1]

The Oberkommando der Wehrmacht kept separate Knight's Cross lists, one for each of the three military branches, Heer (Army), Kriegsmarine (Navy), Luftwaffe (Air force) and for the Waffen-SS. Within each of these lists, a unique sequential number was assigned to each recipient. The same numbering paradigm was applied to the higher grades of the Knight's Cross, one list per grade.[2]

Background[edit]

The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grades were based on four separate enactments. The first enactment, Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 1573 of 1 September 1939 instituted the Iron Cross, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross. Article 2 of the enactment mandated that the award of a higher class be preceded by the award of all preceding classes.[3] As the war progressed, some of the recipients of the Knight's Cross distinguished themselves further and a higher grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, was instituted. The Oak Leaves, as they were commonly referred to, were based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 849 of 3 June 1940.[4] In 1941, two higher grades of the Knight's Cross were instituted. The enactment Reichsgesetzblatt I S. 613 of 28 September 1941 introduced the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords and the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds.[5] At the end of 1944 the final grade, the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds, based on the enactment Reichsgesetzblatt 1945 I S. 11 of 29 December 1944, became the final variant of the Knight's Cross authorized.[6]

Recipients[edit]

The list is initially sorted alphabetically.

  This along with the * (asterisk) indicates that the Knight's Cross was awarded posthumously.
  This along with the ? (question mark) indicates that author Veit Scherzer has expressed doubt regarding the veracity and formal correctness of the listing.

Name Rank Unit Date of award Notes Image
Miervaldis Adamsons 12SS-Untersturmführer 6./Waffen Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lett. Nr. 6) January 25, 1945
Hermann Alber 03SS-Sturmmann 9./SS Panzergrenadier-Regiment 20 16 December 1944* Killed in action 2 August 1944[7]
Anton Ameiser 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS Freiwillige-Kavallerie-Regiment 52 1 November 1944
Roberts Ancāns 12SS-Untersturmführer Waffen Feld-Ersatz-Bataillon der SS Nr. 19 25 January 1945
Günther Anhalt 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Polizei-Regiment 2 12 August 1944 Killed in action 27 April 1945[8]
Žanis Ansons 14Waffen-Hauptsturmführer 3./Waffen Panzergrenadier-Regiment 44 der SS 25 January 1945
Karlis Aperats 16Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Waffen Panzergrenadier-Regiment 32 der SS 21 September 1944 Suicide after severe wounds 15 July 1944[9]
Josef Armberger 13SS-Obersturmführer 8./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 31 October 1944* Killed in action 20 August 1944[9]
Karl Auer 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 8 31 October 1944
Franz Augsberger 18SS-Brigadeführer 20. Waffen Grenadier-Division der SS (est. Nr. 1) 8 March 1945 Killed in action 19 March 1945[10]
Adolf Ax?[Note 1] 17SS-Oberführer 15. Waffen Grenadier-Division der SS 9 May 1945
Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski 20SS-Obergruppenführer Korpsgruppe "von dem Bach" 30 September 1944
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Christian Bachmann 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 28 February 1945 Killed in action 13 March 1945[12]
Erwin Bachmann 13SS-Obersturmführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 10 February 1945
Josef Bachmeier 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./Freiwillige SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 23 August 1944
Ernst Barkmann 06SS-Unterscharführer 4./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 27 August 1944
Heinrich Bastian?[Note 2] 13SS-Obersturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 6 May 1945
Karl Bastian 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 23 August 1944* Killed in action 11 August 1944[14]
Hans Bauer 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 506 5 April 1945
Helmut Bauer 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 12 September 1944
Otto Baum 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment 3 8 May 1942 Awarded 277th Oak Leaves 22 August 1943
95th Swords 2 September 1944
Willi Baumann 15SS-Sturmbannführer Quartiermeister XI SS-Armeekorps und Führer einer Kampfgruppe 27 January 1945
Wilhelm Beck 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 28 March 1943 Killed in action 10 June 1944[15]
Hans Becker 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 2./1st SS-Panzerzgrenadier-Regiment 2 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 28 March 1943 Killed in action 20 August 1944[16]
Hellmuth Becker 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 "Theodor Eicke" 7 September 1943 Awarded 595th Oak Leaves 21 September 1944
Klemens Behler 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Artillerie-Regiment 54 17 March 1945
Georg-Robert Besslein 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Festungs-Regiment 1 30 April 1945
Walter Bestmann 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Totenkopf" 28 September 1941
Fritz Biegi 09SS-Oberscharführer 5./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania" 16 June 1944 Killed in action 15 March 1945[17]
Fritz Biermeier 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 10 December 1943 Awarded 685th Oak Leaves 26 December 1944
Killed in action 11 October 1944[18]
Wilhelm Bittrich 17SS-Oberführer SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Deutschland" 14 December 1941 Awarded 563rd Oak Leaves 28 August 1944
153rd Swords[Note 3] 6 May 1945
Friedrich Blond?[Note 4] 12SS-Untersturmführer 12./SS-Panzergrenadier Ausbildung und Ersatz Bataillon 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 28 April 1945
Georg Bochmann 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung "Totenkopf" 3 May 1942 246th Oak Leaves 17 May 1943
140th Swords 26 March 1945
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Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock 13SS-Obersturmführer und Oberstleutnant der Schupo II./SS-Polizei-Artillerie-Regiment 4 28 March 1943 570th Oak Leaves 2 September 1944
Joachim Boosfeld 13SS-Obersturmführer 4./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 16 21 February 1945
Hermann Borchers 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 19 16 October 1944
Karl-Heinz Boska 13SS-Obersturmführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 "Das Reich" 16 December 1943
Gerhard Bremer 13SS-Obersturmführer 1. (Kradschützen)/Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 30 October 1941 668th Oak Leaves 26 November 1944
Karl-Heinrich Brenner 19SS-Gruppenführer 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord" 27 December 1944
Karl Brommann 12SS-Untersturmführer 2./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 29 April 1945
Siegfried Brosow 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon "Das Reich" 13 November 1943
Derk-Elsko Bruins 04SS-Rottenführer 1./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 54 23 August 1944
Hermann Buchner 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 16 June 1944 Killed in action 17 November 1944[21]
Friedrich Buck 09SS-Oberscharführer 5./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15 27 January 1945
Franz Budka 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./SS-Festungs-Regiment 1 19 April 1945 Suicide after severe wounds 6 May 1945[22]
Karl-Heinz Bühler?[Note 5] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania" 6 May 1945
Fritz Bunse 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Pionier-Bataillon 11 30 January 1944
Žanis Butkus 14Waffen-Hauptsturmführer 10./SS-Feld-Ersatz-Batallon 19 21 September 1944
Hans-Georg von Charpentier 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 3./SS-Reiter-Regiment 1 29 October 1942 Killed in action 11 February 1945[23] A man wearing a military uniform and peaked cap. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Fritz Christen 03SS-Sturmmann 2./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 3 20 October 1941
Egon Christophersen 06SS-Unterscharführer 7./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 11 July 1944
Hans Collani 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 "De Ruyter" (niederl. Nr. 2) 19 August 1944* Killed in action 29 August 1944[24]
Hermann Dahlke 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 3 March 1943 Killed in action 5 July 1943[25] A man wearing a military uniform, coat with fur collar, peaked cap, neck order in the shape of a cross and a pair of binoculars around his neck. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Werner Dallmann 12SS-Untersturmführer SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 53 17 January 1945 Killed in action February 1945[26]
Werner Damsch 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 17 April 1945
Fritz Darges 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 5 April 1945
Hans Dauser 09SS-Oberscharführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 4 June 1944
Heinrich Debus 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5 4 May 1944
Günther Degen 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 11 7 October 1940 Killed in action 15 March 1945[27] A man wearing a military uniform and peaked cap. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Léon Degrelle 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Freiwillige-Sturmbrigade "Wallonien" 20 February 1944 Awarded (no number) Oak Leaves 27 August 1944
Ernst Dehmel 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 3 15 August 1943
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Dr. jur. Eduard Deisenhofer 15SS-Sturmbannführer 3. SS-Panzer-Division 8 May 1942 Killed in action 31 January 1945[28]
August Dieckmann 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Regiment "Germania" 23 April 1942 Awarded 233rd Oak Leaves 16 April 1943
39th Swords 10 October 1943
Killed in action 10 October 1943[29]
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Josef Diefenthal 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III.(gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 5 February 1945
Hans Diergarten 15SS-Sturmbannführer 8. SS-Kavallerie Division "Florian Geyer" 16 January 1944 Killed on active service 21 August 1944[30]
Josef Dietrich 20SS-Obergruppenführer SS-Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 4 July 1940 Awarded 41st Oak Leaves 31 December 1941
26th Swords 14 March 1943
16th Diamonds 6 August 1944
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Wilhelm Dietrich 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 15 October 1944 Killed in action 12 March 1944[31]
Bernhard Dietsche 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 2 17 July 1943
Dr. Oskar Dirlewanger 17SS-Oberführer of the Reserves SS-Brigade "Dirlewanger" 30 September 1944
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Helmut Dörner 15SS-Sturmbannführer und Major der Schupo II./SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 2 15 May 1942 Awarded 650th Oak Leaves 16 November 1944
129th Swords 1 February 1945
Killed in action 11 February 1945[32]
Hans Dorr 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 4./SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Germania" 27 September 1942 Awarded 327th Oak Leaves 13 November 1943
77th Swords 9 July 1944
Died of wounds 17 April 1945[33]
Sepp Draxenberger?[Note 6] 10SS-Hauptscharführer Stabskp./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 17 April 1945* Killed in action 23 March 1945[34]
Franz-Josef Dreike?[Note 7] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Flak-Abteilung 2 "Das Reich" 6 May 1945
Hans Drexel 13SS-Obersturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 14 October 1943
Oskar Drexler?[Note 8] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 12 6 May 1945
Walter Drexler 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 8 11 December 1944 Killed in action 23 February 1945[35]
Emil Dürr 06SS-Unterscharführer 4.(schw.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 "Hitlerjugend" 23 August 1944* Killed in action 27 June 1944[36]
Erich Eberhardt 16SS-Obersturmbannführer 3. SS-Panzer-Division 23 August 1944
Georg Eberhardt 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Bataillon "Narwa" 4 August 1943* Killed in action 21 July 1943[37]
Hans Eckert 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 "Deutschland" 4 May 1944
Fritz Eckstein 04SS-Rottenführer 1./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 18 November 1944
Paul Egger?[Note 9] 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 502 28 April 1945
Fritz Ehrath 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 "Germania" 23 February 1944
Hugo Eichhorn 14SS-Hauptsturmführer Stab SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5 15 January 1943
Theodor Eicke 19SS-Gruppenführer 3. SS-Division "Totenkopf" 26 December 1941 Awarded 88th Oak Leaves 20 April 1942
Killed in action 26 February 1943[38]
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Hans Endreß 14SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Reserves II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 23 March 1945
Wilhelm Engelbrecht 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 19 11 December 1944
Rudolf Enseling 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 23 August 1944
Karl-Heinz Ertel 14SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Reserves niederl. SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 23 August 1944
Willi Eßlinger 10SS-Hauptscharführer 3./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5 19 June 1943 Killed in action 25 August 1944[39]
Alois Etthöfer 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Polizei-Panzer-Abteilung 4 17 March 1945* Killed in action 20 November 1944[39]
Karl-Heinz Euling 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 22 15 October 1944
Markus Faulhaber 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 25 December 1942
Hermann Fegelein?[Note 10] 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Kavallerie-Brigade 2 March 1942 Awarded 157th Oak Leaves 21 December 1942
83rd Swords 3 July 1944
Executed 29 April 1945[41]
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Waldemar Fegelein 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Reiter-Regiment 2 16 December 1943
Henri-Joseph Fénêt 14Waffen-Hauptsturmführer 33. SS-Freiwillige-Grenadier-Division "Charlemagne" 29 April 1945
Willi Fey?[Note 11] 09SS-Oberscharführer Führer ein Panzer-Jagd-Kommandos bei der Kampfgruppe Mohnke in Berlin 29 April 1945
Jakob Fick 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Kradschützen-Regiment "Langemarck" 23 April 1943
Johann Fiedler 06SS-Unterscharführer 5./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 16 June 1944
Alfred Fischer?[Note 12] 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 11 11 May 1945
Gerhard Fischer 06SS-Unterscharführer 3./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5 4 May 1944
Hans Flügel 14SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Reserves II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 16 October 1944
Robert Frank 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 20 4 June 1944* Killed in action 4 June 1944[44]
Kurt Franke 10SS-Hauptscharführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 3 October 1943 Killed in action 19 January 1945[45]
Egon Franz 06SS-Unterscharführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 16 October 1944
Franz Frauscher 10SS-Hauptscharführer 4./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 31 December 1944
Andrejs Freimanis 13Waffen-Obersturmführer 13./Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 44 (lett. Nr. 6) 5 May 1945
Fritz Freitag 18SS-Brigadeführer 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS 30 September 1944
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Albert Frey 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 3 March 1943 Awarded 359th Oak Leaves 27 December 1943
Kurt Fröhlich?[Note 13] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 6 May 1945
Carl-Heinz Frühauf 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./niederl. SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 4 June 1944
Robert Gaigals?[Note 14] 13Waffen-Obersturmführer 6./Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 42 "Voldemars Veiss" 5 May 1945
Nikolajs Galdins 16Waffen-Obersturmbannführer Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS Nr. 42 25 January 1945
Wolfgang Gast 13SS-Obersturmführer I./SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 2 4 June 1944
Gebhard?[Note 15] 09SS-Oberscharführer 2./SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 2 6 May 1945
Walter Gerth 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 7./SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 3 31 March 1943
Karl Gesele 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Sturmbrigade "Reichsführer SS" 4 July 1944
Otto Gieseke 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 1 30 September 1942
Karl-Heinz Gieseler?[Note 16] 12SS-Untersturmführer Stoßtruppführer in Berlin 29 April 1945
Herbert Otto Gille 17SS-Oberführer SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5 8 October 1942 Awarded 315th Oak Leaves 1 November 1943
47th Swords 20 February 1944
12th Diamonds 19 April 1944
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Léon Gillis 12SS-Untersturmführer 5. SS-Freiwillige-Sturmbrigade "Wallonie" 30 September 1944
Walter Girg 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./502nd SS Jäger Battalion 4 October 1944 Awarded 814th Oak Leaves 1 April 1945
Johannes Göhler 13SS-Obersturmführer 4./SS-Reiter-Regiment 15 17 September 1943
Erich Göstl 01SS-Panzergrenadier SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 31 October 1944
Herbert Golz?[Note 17] 17SS-Standartenführer und Oberst der Schupo Generalstab X. SS-Armeekorps 3 May 1945
Curt von Gottberg 19SS-Gruppenführer Führer der Kampfgruppe "von Gottberg" 30 June 1944
Heinrich Gottke 06SS-Unterscharführer 3./SS-Flak-Abteilung 17 27 December 1944
Rainer Gottsein 16SS-Obersturmbannführer Kommandeur Sipo und SD Budapest und Führer einer Kampfgruppe 6 February 1945 Killed in action 13 February 1945[52]
Viktor-Eberhard Gräbner 14SS-Hauptsturmführer of the Reserves SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 9 23 August 1944 Killed in action 18 September 1944[52]
Erich Grätz 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 18.(Panzerjäger)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 14 May 1944
Simon Grascher 06SS-Unterscharführer 9./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 14 August 1943* Killed in action 1 August 1943[53]
Gerhard Grebarsche 10SS-Hauptscharführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 24 January 1944
Horst Gresiak 13SS-Obersturmführer 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 25 January 1945
Willy Grieme 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 6./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 17 September 1943
Bernhard Griese 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Polizei-Schützen-Bataillon 323 3 May 1942
Franz Grohmann 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 "Deutschland" 23 August 1944
Heinz Gropp?[Note 18] 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 2./SS-Flak-Abteilung 9 6 May 1945
Martin Groß 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 22 July 1943
Alfred Großrock 12SS-Untersturmführer 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 12 August 1944 Died of wounds 4 April 1945[55]
Rudolf Grünner 06SS-Unterscharführer Regiment "Mohr" in der Festung Breslau 10 March 1945
Alfred Günther 09SS-Oberscharführer 1./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 3 March 1943 Killed in action 15 June 1944[56] A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Martin Gürz 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge" 23 October 1944* Killed in action 26 September 1944[57]
Paul Guhl 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III.(gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 4 June 1944
Franz Hack 15SS-Sturmbannführer III.(gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 14 May 1943 Awarded 844th Oak Leaves[Note 19] 18 April 1945
Heinz Hämel 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 16 June 1944
Ernst Häußler 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 15 August 1943
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Heinrich Halbeck 12SS-Untersturmführer V. SS-Gebirgskorps 17 April 1945
Desiderius Hampel?[Note 20] 18SS-Brigadeführer 13. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Handschar" (kroat. Nr. 1) 3 May 1945
Hans Hanke?[Note 21] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer Waffen-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment der SS 28 (kroat. Nr. 2) 3 May 1945
Heinrich Hannibal 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 31 23 August 1944
Max Hansen 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 28 March 1943 Awarded 835th Oak Leaves 17 April 1945 A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Heinz Harmel 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 31 March 1943 Awarded 296th Oak Leaves 7 September 1943
116th Swords 15 December 1944
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Kurt Hartrampf?[Note 22] 15SS-Sturmbannführer schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 502 28 April 1945
Walter Harzer 16SS-Obersturmbannführer 9. SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen" 21 September 1944
Frank Hasse 13SS-Obersturmführer 11./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 6 August 1944 Killed in action 24 December 1944[62]
Edgar Hauckelt?[Note 23] 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Jagdpanzer-Abteilung 561 28 April 1945
Hans Hauser?[Note 24] 15SS-Sturmbannführer und Major der Schupo I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 "Der Führer" 6 May 1945
Paul Hausser 19SS-Gruppenführer 2. SS-Division "Das Reich" 8 August 1941 Awarded 261st Oak Leaves 28 July 1943
90th Swords 26 August 1944
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Hans Havik?[Note 25] 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./SS-Polizei-Panzer-Abteilung 4 6 May 1945
Eberhard Heder 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 5 18 November 1944
Nicolaus Heilmann 17SS-Oberführer 15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS 23 August 1944 Killed in action 30 January 1945[65]
Heinrich Heimann 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 23 February 1944 Killed in action 20 August 1944[65]
Willy Hein 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 4 May 1944
Albert Hektor 09SS-Oberscharführer 7./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 "Danmark" 23 August 1944 Killed in action 9 April 1945[66]
Johannes Hellmers 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 6./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 5 March 1945
Fritz Henke 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 12 February 1944
Friedrich Herzig 15SS-Sturmbannführer schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 29 April 1945
Otto Herzog 20SA-Obergruppenführer Führer der Volkssturm-Einheit in der Festung Breslau und Führer einer Kampfgruppe in der Festung Breslau 15 April 1945 Suicide 6 May 1945[67]
Konrad Heubeck 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Regimentt 1 17 April 1945
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Bruno Hinz 12SS-Untersturmführer 2./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 2 December 1943 Awarded 559th Oak Leaves 23 August 1944
Hans Hirning 04SS-Rottenführer 6./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment 1 23 October 1942 Killed in action 30 April 1945[68]
Werner Hörnicke 15SS-Sturmbannführer of the Reserves I./SS-Grenadier-Regiment 10 (mot.) 1 December 1943
Lothar Hofer 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Artillerie-Regiment 54 5 April 1945
Ludwig Hoffmann?[Note 26] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge" 9 May 1945
Josef Holte 09SS-Oberscharführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 27 August 1944* Killed in action 20 August 1944[70]
Friedrich Holzer 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 10 December 1943
Willi Hund 13SS-Obersturmführer 7./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge" 11 May 1945[Note 27]
Georg Hurdelbrink 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 16 October 1944
Friedrich Jeckeln 20SS-Obergruppenführer Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer Ostland und Rußland-Nord 27 August 1944 Awarded 802nd Oak Leaves 8 March 1945
Walter Jentschke 01SS-Kanonier 5./SS-Freiwillige-Artillerie-Regiment 54 18 December 1944
Wolfgang Joerchel 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 48 21 April 1944 Killed in action May 1945[72]
Hans Juchem 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 12 September 1943* Killed in action 13 August 1943[72]
Heinz Jürgens?[Note 28] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 4 9 May 1945
Arnold Jürgensen 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 16 October 1944 Died of wounds 23 December 1944[74]
Helmut Kämpfe 15SS-Sturmbannführer III. (Gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 10 December 1943 Executed 10 June 1944[75]
Vinzenz Kaiser 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III. (Gep)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 6 April 1943 Killed in action 20 April 1945[76]
Alois Kalss 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 502 23 August 1944 Killed in action 2 May 1945[77]
Søren Kam 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 7 February 1945
Georg Karck 13SS-Obersturmführer 9./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 3 August 1943 Killed on active service 3 July 1944[78]
Friedrich-Wilhelm Karl 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 11 26 December 1944
Paul-Albert Kausch 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Abteilung 11 23 August 1944 Awarded 845th Oak Leaves[Note 29] 23 April 1945
Karl Keck 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 15. (Pi)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 23 August 1944* Killed in action 11 July 1944[79]
Georg Keppler 17SS-Oberführer SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Der Führer" 15 August 1940
Ludwig Kepplinger 10SS-Hauptscharführer 11./SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Der Führer" 4 September 1940 Killed in action 6 August 1944[80]
Dieter Kesten 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 12 November 1943 Killed in action 3 April 1945[81]
Hans Kettgen 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Schill" 14 February 1945
Helmut Kinz?[Note 30] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer und Hauptmann der Schupo Waffen- Gebirgs-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 13 3 May 1945
Otto Kirchner 12SS-Untersturmführer SS-Reiter-Regiment 16 21 April 1944 Executed 3 May 1945[83]
Franz Kleffner 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Kradschützen-Bataillon "Totenkopf" 19 February 1942 Killed in action 16 March 1945[84]
Matthias Kleinheisterkamp 18SS-Brigadeführer 2. SS-Division "Das Reich" 31 March 1942 Awarded 871st Oak Leaves[Note 31] 9 May 1945
Killed in action 29 April 1945[86][Note 32]
Albert Klett 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 6./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15 16 October 1944 Killed in action 14 March 1945[88] A man wearing a military uniform and neck order in the shape of a cross. His black hair is parted and his facial expression is determined.
Heinrich Kling 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 13. (schw.)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 23 February 1944
Fritz Klingenberg 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 2./Kradschützen-Bataillon 2 14 May 1941 Killed in action 25 March 1945[88] A smiling man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Karl Kloskowski 10SS-Hauptscharführer 4./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 11 July 1943 Awarded 546th Oak Leaves 11 August 1944
Missing in action 23 April 1945[89]
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Walter Kniep 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 2 14 August 1943 Killed on active service 22 April 1944[90]
Gustav Knittel 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 4 June 1944
Fritz Knöchlein 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 16 November 1944
Alfred Koch?[Note 33] 13SS-Obersturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 6 May 1945
Ludwig Köchle 09SS-Oberscharführer 5./SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment 1 28 February 1942 Killed in action 9 June 1942[92]
Karl Körner 10SS-Hauptscharführer 2./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 29 April 1945
Walter Körner?[Note 34] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge" 11 May 1945* Died of wounds 6 March 1945[93]
Siegfried Korth 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 18 9 February 1945
Boris Kraas 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 3 28 February 1945* Died of wounds 13 February 1945[94]
Hugo Kraas 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 28 March 1943 Awarded 375th Oak Leaves 24 January 1944
Ernst-August Krag 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 23 October 1944 Awarded 755th Oak Leaves 28 February 1945
Bernhard Krause 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 18 November 1944 Killed in action 19 February 1945[95]
Oswald Krauss 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Kavalerie-Regiment 15 27 January 1945 Killed in action 9 March 1945[95]
Karl Kreutz 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 2 27 August 1944 Awarded 863rd Oak Leaves 6 May 1945
Franz-Josef Krombholz 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Freiwillige-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 14 28 March 1945
Otto Kron 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Flak-Abteilung 3 28 June 1942
Albrecht Krügel 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 12 March 1944 Awarded 651st Oak Leaves 16 November 1944
Killed in action 16 March 1945[96]
Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger 20SS-Obergruppenführer 6. SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord" 22 October 1944 Suicide 9 May 1945[97]
Joachim Krüger 12SS-Untersturmführer 10./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 24 June 1944* Died of wounds 14 August 1943[97]
Walter Krüger 18SS-Brigadeführer SS-Polizei-Division 13 December 1941 Awarded 286th Oak Leaves 31 August 1943
120th Swords 11 January 1945
Suicide 22 May 1945[Note 35]
Herbert Kuhlmann 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 13 February 1944
Otto Kumm 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Der Führer" 16 February 1942 Awarded 221st Oak Leaves 6 April 1943
138th Swords 17 March 1945
Ortwin Kuske 12SS-Untersturmführer 3./SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17 26 November 1944
Josef Lainer 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 8 October 1943
Heinz Lammerding 17SS-Oberführer Panzer-Kampfgruppe "Das Reich" 11 April 1944
Paul Landwehr 15Major der Schupo II./SS-Polizei-Regiment 14 17 March 1945
Hermann Lang 06SS-Unterscharführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 23 October 1944
Fritz Langanke 10SS-Standartenoberjunker 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 27 August 1944
Günther Lange?[Note 36] 03SS-Sturmmann 16 (Pi)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 4 "Der Führer" 6 May 1945
Georg Langendorf 12SS-Untersturmführer of the Reserves 5. (schw.)/SS-Freiwillige-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 12 March 1944
Bernhard Langhorst 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 20 5 April 1945
Kurt Launer 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 15 August 1943
Rudolf Lehmann 16SS-Obersturmbannführer 1. SS-Panzer-Division 23 February 1944 Awarded 862nd Oak Leaves[Note 37] 6 May 1945
Jacques Leroy?[Note 38] 12SS-Untersturmführer 1./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 69 20 April 1945
Alfred Lex 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 10 December 1943
Karl-Heinz Lichte?[Note 39] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 5./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 6 May 1945
Franz Liebisch 13SS-Obersturmführer 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division 9 February 1945
Karl Liecke?[Note 40] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer Waffen-Gebirgs-Regiment 27 der SS (kroat. Nr. 1) 3 May 1945
Dr. Ing. Hans Lipinski 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 11./SS-Flak-Abteilung 18 2 January 1945
Jakob Lobmeyer?[Note 41] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Jagdpanzer-Abteilung 561 20 April 1945
Hanns-Heinrich Lohmann 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 12 March 1944 Awarded 872nd Oak Leaves[Note 42] 9 May 1945
Gustav Lombard 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Kavalllerie-Regiment 1 10 March 1943
Gerhard Lotze 13SS-Obersturmführer 5./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 1 February 1945* Killed in action 13 October 1944[107]
Siegfried Lüngen 10SS-Hauptscharführer 6./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 16 November 1944
Heinz Macher 12SS-Untersturmführer 16. (Pi)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 3 April 1943 Awarded 554th Oak Leaves 19 August 1944
Paul Maitla 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment 45 der SS 23 August 1944 Murdered by Czech communists on 10 May 1945
Hans Malkomes 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 30 October 1944
Hermann Maringgele 10SS-Hauptscharführer 2./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15 21 February 1945
Lino Masarié 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 3 April 1943 Died of wounds 9 August 1944[108] A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and neck order, in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Walter Mattern 13SS-Obersturmführer 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 20 October 1944
Walter Mattusch?[Note 43] 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 6 May 1945
Hubert-Erwin Meierdress 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 3 13 March 1942 Awarded 310th Oak Leaves 5 October 1943
Killed in action 4 January 1945[110]
Hans Meyer 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 2 September 1944
Kurt Meyer 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 18 May 1941 Awarded 195th Oak Leaves 23 February 1943
91st Swords 27 August 1944
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Otto Meyer 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 4 June 1944 Awarded 601st Oak Leaves 30 September 1944
Killed in action 29 August 1944[Note 44]
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Werner Meyer 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 4 May 1944
Berndt Lubich von Milovan 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 3 14 October 1943
Erhard Mösslacher 13SS-Obersturmführer 6./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 16 9 February 1945
Wilhelm Mohnke 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 11 July 1944
Gerardus Mooyman 03SS-Sturmmann 14./SS-Freiwillige-Legion "Nederland" 20 February 1943
Karl Mühleck 12SS-Untersturmführer 2./SS.Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 4 June 1944
Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 3 September 1942 Awarded 596th Oak Leaves 21 September 1944
Albert Müller 10SS-Hauptscharführer 4./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 4 August 1943
Heinz Müller 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 23 March 1945* Killed in action 17 March 1945[113]
Siegfried Müller 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 19 December 1944
Heinz Murr 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 21 September 1944
Eggert Neumann 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Gebirgs-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 7 3 November 1944
Karl Nicolussi-Leck 13SS-Obersturmführer 8./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 9 April 1944
Alfred Nowak 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Reiter-Regiment 1 1 November 1943 Killed in action 13 September 1943[114]
Heinz Nowotnik 12SS-Untersturmführer 14. (MG)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 1 14 May 1944
Harald Nugiseks 06SS-Unterscharführer 1./SS-Waffengrenadier-Regiment 46 20 April 1944
Alois Obschil 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./Grenadier-Regiment 1126 28 March 1945
Erich Olboeter 15SS-Sturmbannführer III. (Gep)/Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 28 July 1944
Werner Ostendorff 15SS-Sturmbannführer 2. SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich" 13 September 1941 Awarded 861st Oak Leaves[Note 45] 6 May 1945
Died of wounds 1 May 1945[116]
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Otto Paetsch 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 23 August 1944 Awarded 820th Oak Leaves 5 April 1945
Killed in action 16 March 1945[117]
Harry Paletta 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 1007 26 November 1944
Rudolf Pannier 15Major I./SS-Polizei-Schtützen-Regiment 2 11 May 1942

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Fred Papas 12SS-Untersturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17 27 December 1944
Adolf Peichl 10SS-Hauptscharführer 12. (Gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 16 October 1944
Joachim Peiper 15SS-Sturmbannführer III. (Gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 9 March 1943 Awarded 377th Oak Leaves 27 January 1944
119th Swords 11 January 1945
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Heinrich Petersen 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 1 13 November 1943
Otto Petersen 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 11 December 1944
Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch 20SS-Obergruppenführer IX. SS-Gebirgskorps 11 January 1945 Awarded 723rd Oak Leaves 1 February 1945 A man in semi profile wearing a military uniform and various military decorations. He has short, thinning hair.
Helmut Pförtner 13SS-Obersturmführer 6./SS-Regiment "Germania" 18 January 1942
Artur Phleps 19SS-Gruppenführer SS-Division "Prinz Eugen" 4 July 1943 Awarded 670th Oak Leaves 24 November 1944
Killed in action 21 September 1944[118]
Harry Phönix 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Artillerie-Regiment 8 21 February 1945
Karl Picus 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 17 April 1945
Walter Pitsch?[Note 46] 10SS-Hauptscharführer 4./SS-Flak-Artillerie-Abteilung 1 6 May 1945
Adolf Pittschellis 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 3 23 August 1944
Gerhard Pleiß 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./"Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" (mot.) 20 April 1941
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Werner Pötschke 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 4 June 1944 Awarded 783rd Oak Leaves 15 March 1945
Killed in action 24 March 1945[Note 47]
Harry Polewacz 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Nordland" 23 December 1942
Hermann Potschka 15SS-Sturmbannführer of the Reserves II./SS-Freiwillige-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 11 26 December 1944
Otto Prager 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 7 9 December 1944
Georg Preuß 13SS-Obersturmführer 10.(Gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 5 February 1945
Hermann Prieß 17SS-Oberführer SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 3 28 April 1943 Awarded 297th Oak Leaves 9 September 1943
65th Swords 24 April 1944
Karl-Heinz Prinz 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 11 July 1944
Felix Przedwojewski 06SS-Unterscharführer 2./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 3 16 December 1943
Gustav-Peter Reber?[Note 48] 13SS-Obersturmführer XI SS Panzer Corps 28 April 1945
Erich Rech 09SS-Oberscharführer 2./SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 10 23 August 1944
Walter Reder 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I.(Gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 3 April 1943
Adolf Reeb 12SS-Untersturmführer 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 23 August 1944
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Erwin Reichel 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Westland" 28 February 1943 Died of wounds 28 February 1943[123]
Hans Reimling 09SS-Oberscharführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 28 February 1943
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Leo-Hermann Reinhold 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 16 October 1944
Voldemars Reinholds?[Note 49] 15Waffen-Sturmbannführer Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 43 "Hinrich Schuldt" (lett. Nr. 2) 11 May 1945
Paul Reißmann 09SS-Oberscharführer 4./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 17 16 November 1944* Died of wounds 8 November 1944[125]
Hans Reiter 12SS-Untersturmführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 23 August 1944* Killed in action 15 August 1944[125]
Albin Freiherr von Reitzenstein 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 13 November 1943
Fritz Rentrop 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Flak-Abteilung 2 13 October 1941
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Gottlieb Renz 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Schützen-Bataillon 6 12 August 1944
Rudolf Rettberg?[Note 50] 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 6 May 1945
Karl Rettlinger 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 3./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 20 December 1943
Rudolf von Ribbentrop 13SS-Obersturmführer 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 15 July 1943
Friedrich Richter?[Note 51] 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 9 May 1945
Joachim Richter 16SS-Obersturmbannführer of the Reserves SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 5 23 February 1944
Wilfried Richter 13SS-Obersturmführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Batterie "Totenkpopf" 21 April 1942
Franz Riedel 13SS-Obersturmführer 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 28 March 1945
Waldemar Riefkogel 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 11 July 1943
Fritz Rieflin?[Note 52] 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 2 6 May 1945
Alfrēds Riekstiņš 06Waffen-Unterscharführer 1./Waffen-Füsilier-Bataillon 19 28 April 1945
Julius Riepe 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 40 13 January 1945
Herbert-Albert Rieth 12SS-Untersturmführer 5./SS-Freiwillige-Artillerie-Regiment 54 11 December 1944
Harald Riipalu 16Waffen-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Grenadier-Regiment 45 23 August 1944
Dr. Wolfgang Röhder 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 2 1 December 1943
Josef Rölleke 06SS-Unterscharführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 16 June 1944
Erwin Franz Rudolf Roestel?[Note 53] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 10 3 May 1945
Alfred Roge?[Note 54] 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Festungs-Regiment 1 "Besslein" in the Fortress Breslau 9 May 1945 Died of wounds 12 May 1945[131]
Erich Rossner 06SS-Unterscharführer 2./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 2 25 August 1941
Rudolf Rott 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Abteilung 11 28 February 1945
Rudolf Roy 09SS-Oberscharführer 1./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 16 October 1944
Karl Rubatscher 13SS-Obersturmführer I./SS-Grenadier-Regiment 8 27 December 1943
Richard Rudolf 09SS-Oberscharführer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 18 November 1944
Adolf Rüd 09SS-Oberscharführer Stabskompanie/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 23 August 1944* Killed in action 2 August 1944[132]
Dr. rer. pol. Hans-Joachim Rühle von Lilienstern 14SS-Hauptsturmführer I./niederl. SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 48 12 February 1944
Hugo Ruf 09SS-Oberscharführer 3./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 16 October 1944
Joachim Rumohr 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Artillerie-Regiment 8 16 January 1944 Awarded 721st Oak Leaves 1 February 1945
Suicide 11 February 1945[133]
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Rudolf Saalbach 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 12 March 1944
Rudolf Säumenicht 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 13 October 1943
Johann Sailer?[Note 55] 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 9 6 May 1945
Kurt Sametreiter 09SS-Oberscharführer 3. (schw.)/SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 1 31 July 1943
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Rudolf Sandig 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 5 May 1943
Karl Sattler 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Regiment "Sattler" 16 January 1945
Hans Schabschneider 06SS-Unterscharführer 5./SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 2 27 August 1944
Max Schachner 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 2./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 8 14 May 1944
Ernst Schäfer 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Infanterie-Regiment 10 (mot.) 14 October 1943
Max Schäfer 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 5 12 February 1943 Awarded 714th Oak Leaves 25 January 1945
Oskar Schäfer 12SS-Untersturmführer 3./schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 503 29 April 1945
Siegfried Scheibe?[Note 56] 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 48 11 May 1945* Killed in action 17 April 1945[135]
Conrad Schellong 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Sturmbrigade "Langemark" 28 February 1945
Johannes Scherg 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Polizei-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 4 23 October 1944
Franz Scherzer 13SS-Obersturmführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 28 March 1945
Karl Schlamelcher 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5 1 March 1942
Wilhelm Schlüter 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Artillerie-Regiment 54 "Nederland" 23 August 1944
Georg Schluifelder 10SS-Standartenoberjunker 1./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 26 November 1944
Heinrich Schmelzer 13SS-Obersturmführer of the Reserves 2./SS-Panzer-Kampfgruppe "Das Reich" 12 March 1944 Awarded 756th Oak Leaves 28 February 1945
Walter Schmidt 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 4 August 1943 Awarded 479th Oak Leaves 14 May 1944
Alois Schnaubelt 06SS-Unterscharführer 3./SS-Flak-Abteilung 5 16 November 1944
Otto Schneider 13SS-Obersturmführer 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 4 May 1944
Alfred Schneidereit 04SS-Rottenführer 8./SS-Panzer-Gruppe 1 20 December 1943
Georg Schönberger 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 20 December 1943
A man wearing a military uniform and side cap. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Manfred Schönfelder 16SS-Obersturmbannführer Ia of the 5. SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking" 23 February 1944
A man in semi profile wearing a military uniform and neck order, in the shape of a cross. His hair is combed to the back.
Fritz von Scholz Edler von Rarancze 17SS-Oberführer SS-Regiment "Nordland" 18 January 1942 Awarded 423rd Oak Leaves 12 March 1944
85th Swords 8 August 1944
Died of wounds 28 July 1944[41]
Helmut Scholz 12SS-Untersturmführer 7./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 4 June 1944 Awarded 591st Oak Leaves 21 September 1944
Franz Schreiber 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 12 26 December 1944
Gustav Schreiber 10SS-Hauptscharführer 7./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 2 December 1943
A man wearing a peaked cap with skull emblem, a military uniform with various military decorations and an Iron Cross displayed at the front of his uniform collar.
Helmuth Schreiber 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 10./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 30 July 1943
Richard (Remi) Schrijnen 03SS-Sturmmann 2. SS-Freiwillige-Sturmbrigade 6 21 September 1944
Joachim Schubach 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 3 April 1943
Karl Schümers 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 1 30 September 1942
Hinrich Schuldt 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Totenkopf-Regiment 4 5 April 1942 Awarded 220th Oak Leaves 2 April 1943
56th Swords 25 March 1944
Killed in action 15 March 1944[136]
Karlheinz Schulz-Streeck?[Note 57] 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 11 9 May 1945
Hans-Christian Schulze 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 2 11 September 1941 Died of wounds 13 September 1941[138]
Herbert Schulze 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 16 December 1943
Kurt Schumacher 12SS-Untersturmführer 3./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 4 May 1944
Oskar Schwappacher 14SS-Hauptsturmführer V./SS-Artillerie-Ausbildungs und Ersatz-Regiment 26 December 1944
Willi Schweitzer?[Note 58] 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier Ausbildungs-Bataillon 11 24 April 1945
Walter Seebach 13SS-Obersturmführer 5./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 12 March 1944
Max Seela 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 3./SS-Pionier-Bataillon 3 3 May 1942
a man wearing a military uniform with various military decorations including an Iron Cross at his neck.
Emil Seibold?[Note 59] 10SS-Hauptscharführer 8./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 6 May 1945
Rudolf Seitz 06SS-Unterscharführer 1./SS-Polizei-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 4 21 October 1942
Paul Senghas 13SS-Obersturmführer 1./SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 11 December 1944
Kārlis Sensbergs?[Note 60] 06Waffen-Unterscharführer 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lett. Nr. 2) 11 May 1945
Bernhard Siebken 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 17 April 1945
Hans Siegel 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 8./SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 23 August 1944
Alfred Siegling 09SS-Oberscharführer 1./SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 2 December 1943
Hans Sigmund 09SS-Oberscharführer 11./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 5 April 1944
Willy Simke 10SS-Hauptscharführer 5./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 16 December 1943
Max Simon 17SS-Oberführer SS-Totenkopf-Infanterie-Reigment 1 20 October 1941 Awarded 639th Oak Leaves 28 October 1944 A man wearing a military uniform, glasses, side cap and neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Günther Sitter 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 12 September 1943
Dipl-Ing. Otto Skorzeny 14SS-Hauptsturmführer Sonderverband z.b.V. Friedenthal 13 September 1943 Awarded 826th Oak Leaves 9 April 1945 A man in semi profile wearing a military uniform, steel helmet and a neck order in the shape of a cross.
Heinrich Sonne 13SS-Obersturmführer 1. SS-Infanterie-Brigade 10 December 1943
Ludwig Spindler 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 9 27 September 1944
Richard Spörle 14SS-Hauptsturmführer II./SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Norge" 16 November 1944
Casper Sporck 06SS-Unterscharführer 5./SS-Freiwillige-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 23 October 1944
Heinrich Springer 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 3./SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 12 January 1942
Sylvester Stadler 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 6 April 1943 Awarded 303rd Oak Leaves 16 September 1943
152nd Swords[Note 61] 6 May 1945
A man wearing a military uniform and coat, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Ernst Stäudle 09SS-Oberscharführer 8./SS-Artillerie-Regiment 3 10 April 1942
Franz Staudegger 06SS-Unterscharführer 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 10 July 1943
Felix Steiner 09SS-Oberscharführer SS-Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) 15 August 1940 Awarded 159th Oak Leaves 23 December 1942
86th Swords 10 August 1944
A man wearing a military uniform and neck order, in the shape of a cross. His hair is combed to the back.
Albert Stenwedel?[Note 62] 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./Waffen-Gebirgsjäger-Regiment 27 3 May 1945
Arnold Stoffers 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 12 March 1944
Stefan Strapatin 04SS-Rottenführer II./niederl. SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 16 November 1944
Bruno Streckenbach 18SS-Brigadeführer 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lett. Nr. 2) 27 August 1944 Awarded 701st Oak Leaves 16 January 1945
Josef Styr 10SS-Hauptscharführer 1./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 5 April 1945
Friedrich Suhr 16SS-Obersturmbannführer Kampfgruppe beim Befehlshaber der Sipo Frankreich 11 December 1944
Josef Swientek 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 3 16 June 1944
Lothar Swierzinski 04SS-Rottenführer 10./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 5 16 December 1943 Died of wounds 29 October 1944[143]
Martin Tappe 16SS-Obersturmbannführer II./SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 8 28 March 1945
Eberhard Telkamp 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 23 August 1944
Ernst Tetsch 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 28 March 1945
A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a pair of binoculars around his neck. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Johann Thaler 06SS-Unterscharführer 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 14 August 1943 Killed in action 7 April 1945[144]
Alfred Titschkus 06SS-Unterscharführer 3./SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 3 11 December 1944
Paul Trabandt 10SS-Hauptscharführer 2./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5 14 October 1943
Wilhelm Trabandt 17SS-Standartenführer 1. SS-Infanterie-Brigade 6 January 1944
Hans Traupe 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 23 February 1944
Christian Tychsen 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 31 March 1943 Awarded 353rd Oak Leaves 10 December 1943 A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones. A large scar on his chin is visible.
Karl Ullrich 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Pionier-Bataillon 3 19 February 1942 Awarded 480th Oak Leaves 14 May 1944
Richard Utgenannt 10SS-Hauptscharführer 3./SS-Polizei-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 4 10 November 1944
Herbert-Ernst Vahl 17SS-Oberführer 2. SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich" 31 March 1943
Anton Vandieken 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 6./SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 1 26 December 1944
Eugéne Vaulôt 06Waffen-Unterscharführer 33. SS-Freiwillige-Division "Charlemagne" in Kampfraum Groß Berlin 29 April 1945
Voldemārs Veiss 17Waffen-Standartenführer SS-Freiwillige-Grenadier-Regiment 44 9 February 1944 Died of wounds 17 April 1944[145]
Johann Veith 13SS-Obersturmführer 3./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 14 February 1945
Fritz Vogt 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung der SS-Verfügungs-Division 4 September 1940 Awarded 785th Oak Leaves 16 March 1945
Killed in action 3 April 1945[120]
Jürgen Wagner 17SS-Oberführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 24 July 1943 Awarded 680th Oak Leaves 11 December 1944
Kurt Wahl 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38 23 August 1944 Awarded 720th Oak Leaves 1 February 1945
Bruno Walden 15Major der Schupo III./SS-Polizei-Regiment 2 18 January 1945
Hans Waldmüller 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 27 August 1944
Günter Wanhöfer 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Freiwillige-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 54 27 August 1944
Alois Weber 10SS-Hauptscharführer 16. (Pi)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 30 July 1943
Wilhelm Weber 13SS-Obersturmführer 33. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne 29 April 1945
Otto Weidinger 15SS-Sturmbannführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 21 April 1944 Awarded 688th Oak Leaves 26 December 1944
Awarded 150th Swords[Note 63] 6 May 1945
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Herman Weiser 13SS-Obersturmführer 2./SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 28 March 1943
Hans Weiß 14SS-Hauptsturmführer SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 2 6 April 1943
Helmut Wendorff 12SS-Untersturmführer 13. (schw.)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 12 February 1944 Killed in action 6 August 1944[146]
Gustáv Wendrinský 09SS-Oberscharführer 1./SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 8 27 January 1945
Heinz Werner 14SS-Hauptsturmführer III. (gep.)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 4 23 August 1944 Awarded 864th Oak Leaves[Note 64] 6 May 1945
Emil Wiesemann 14SS-Hauptsturmführer 2./SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1 20 December 1943* Killed in action 14 November 1943[147]
Philipp Wild 09SS-Oberscharführer 1./SS-Panzer-Abteilung 11 21 March 1944
Theodor Wisch 15SS-Sturmbannführer II./Infanterie-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler" 15 September 1941 Awarded 393rd Oak Leaves 12 February 1944
94th Swords 30 August 1944
Günther-Eberhardt Wisliceny 15SS-Sturmbannführer III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 3 30 July 1943 Awarded 687th Oak Leaves 26 December 1944
151st Swords[Note 65] 6 May 1945
A man in semi profile wearing a military uniform. His hair is combed back and his facial expression is determined.
Fritz Witt 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Infanterie-Regiment "Deutschland" 4 September 1940 Awarded 200 Oak Leaves 1 March 1943
Killed in action 14 June 1944[149]
Michael Wittmann 12SS-Untersturmführer 13. (schw.)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 14 January 1944 Awarded 380th Oak Leaves 30 January 1944
71st Swords 22 June 1944
Killed in action 8 August 1944[150]
A man wearing a black military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Werner Wolff 12SS-Untersturmführer III. (gep)/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 7 August 1943 Died of wounds 29 March 1945[151] A man wearing a military uniform and a neck order in the shape of a cross.
Balthasar Woll 04SS-Rottenführer 13. (schw.)/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 16 January 1944
Karl-Heinz Worthmann 10SS-Hauptscharführer 6./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 31 March 1943 Killed in action 7 July 1943[152] A man wearing a military uniform and a neck order in the shape of a cross.
Alfred Bernhard Julius Ernst Wünnenberg 17SS-Standartenführer SS-Polizei-Schützen-Regiment 3 15 November 1941 Awarded 91st Oak Leaves 23 April 1942 A man wearing a military uniform and a neck order in the shape of a cross.
Max Wünsche 15SS-Sturmbannführer I./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 28 February 1943 Awarded 548th Oak Leaves 11 August 1944
Erich Wulff?[Note 66] 15SS-Sturmbannführer 15. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (lett. Nr. 1) 9 May 1945* Killed in action 3 February 1945[153]
August Zehender 16SS-Obersturmbannführer SS-Reiter-Regiment 2 10 March 1943 Awarded 722nd Oak Leaves 4 February 1945
Killed in action 11 February 1945[133]
A man wearing a military uniform, peaked cap and a neck order in the shape of a cross. His cap has an emblem in shape of a human skull and crossed bones.
Erich Zepper 10SS-Hauptscharführer 2./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 10 2 December 1943
Joachim Ziegler 18SS-Brigadeführer 11. SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier Division "Nordland" 5 September 1944 Awarded 848th Oak Leaves 28 April 1945
Killed in action 2 May 1945[154]
August Zingel 06SS-Unterscharführer 15./Totenkopf-Infanterie-Regiment 1 4 October 1942

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Adolf Ax's nomination shows no indication that the request had been processed or granted, not even an entry date is noted. The nomination list indicates that the request was filed on the 28 April 1945. A Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) nomination with the number 5092 had been created. The nomination, according to the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses), was forwarded to the HPA on 25 April 1945. No proof exists that the Knight's Cross was awarded. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1981 and decided: Knight's Cross yes, 9 May 1945. Ax was a member of the AKCR.[11]
  2. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Bastian was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[13]
  3. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "153" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Bittrich was member of the AKCR.[19]
  4. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Krätschmer the award was presented together with the Oak Leaves to Matthias Kleinheisterkamp. Presumably the announcement was made via radio transmission on 28 April 1945 from the Führer Headquarters in Berlin to the 9. Armee (9th Army) in the Halbe pocket. The radio transmissions received by the AOK 9 (Armeeoberkommando 9 — high command of the 9th army) in April 1945 were not retained. All communication to the Führerbunker in Berlin were out of order as of 5AM on 28 April. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed the case in 1981 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 28 April 1945", Friedrich Blond was a member of the AKCR.[20]
  5. ^ No evidence of the award to Karl-Heinz Bühler can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was presumably awarded by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1977 and decided: Knight's Cross no, 1 May 1945. The case Bühler was again processed in the fall of 1983. Whether or not additional or new evidence materialized remains unknown. The Order Commission decided this time: Knight's Cross yes, 8 May 1945. Von Seemen lists him on 7 May 1945, Krätschmer states 1 May 1945. Fellgiebel later re-dated the award on the 6 May 1945. It remains subject to speculation why this was done. Bühler was a member of the AKCR.[11]
  6. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Draxenberger was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[34]
  7. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Franz Josef Dreike was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[34]
  8. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably the award was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich which would make it an unlawful presentation. The date was assumed by Fellgiebel. Von Seemen states the 23 November 1944. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). Oskar Drexler was a member of the AKCR.[34]
  9. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). Paul Egger was a member of the AKCR.[34]
  10. ^ Hermann Fegelein was sentenced to death by Hitler and executed by SS General Johann Rattenhuber's RSD on 28 April 1945 after a court martial led by 18SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS Wilhelm Mohnke. The sentence was carried out the same day. The death sentence resulted in the loss of all orders and honorary signs.[40]
  11. ^ A lawful presentation via the chain of command to the chief of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf in Berlin submitted nomination is possible. Also possible is a direct presentation by Adolf Hitler. However no evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). Fellgiebel wrote in a letter dated 31 August 1976: "...He (Willhelm Fey) after joining the Bundeswehr has request a court of honor against himself. Chairman was our companion recipient of the Oak Leaves former Oberst XXXX (name was made anonymous). This court of honor has accepted him without evidence". The order commission of the AKCR accepted this. Fellgiebel wrote: "...we don't want to claim that we are smarter than the Bundeswehr." Willhelm Fey was a member of the AKCR.[42]
  12. ^ Alfred Fischer's nomination, according to a file card, was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 11 January 1945. The nomination, according to the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) and note on the file card, had been rejected without specifying a date. A HPA nomination was not created. Fischer received the Honour Roll Clasp of the Army on 5 March 1945 which may have result of the rejected Knight's Cross nomination. The nomination by the troop is missing, which may be an indication that it had been forwarded to the Referat Vg (responsible for the Honour Roll Clasp listings). The presentation date is an assumption of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Krätschmer states the 9 May 1945.[43]
  13. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably the award was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich which would make it an unlawful presentation. The date 6 May 1945 was assumed by Fellgiebel. Von Seemen states the 3 May 1945. Kurt Fröhlich is not mentioned in Krätschmer's book. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law).[46]
  14. ^ Roberts Gaigals' nomination had been finalized by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) and was ready for signature by the end of the war. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date is an assumption of the AKCR.[47]
  15. ^ No evidence regarding the presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Karl Gebhard can be found in the German Federal Archive. Fellgiebel also had no evidence and wrote on 11 July 1983 to Mr. Eichhorn: "I have to rely on Krätschmer in Rieflin Fritz's case, as well as in Gebhard's.". Krätschmer may have his information from Hermann Buch, the former IIa (personnel administration) of the 2. SS-Division "Das Reich", who mentioned the name Gebhard in a letter to von Seeman on 6 December 1970. Unlawful presentation by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee.[48]
  16. ^ Karl-Heinz Gieseler is listed as a recipient in Fellgiebel as SS-Untersturmführer and Stoßtruppführer in Berlin as a member of the 11. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Nordland".[49] Fellgiebel himself states that the presentation was made by SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke in the bunker of the Reichs Chancellery between 25 – 30 April 1945. The number of likely presentations varies between 3 and 5 soldiers. No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Gieseler is not listed by Scherzer .[50]
  17. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Krätschmer the action took place in March 1945 in Pomerania with the Army Group Vistula. Von Seemen lists Herbert Golz with the footnote: "Source: Generalmajor (Pol.) Rode, at the time chief of staff with the chief of the German Police". This posting is not verifiable. A SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor Rode is verifiable and was chief of staff of the field commando of the Reichsführer SS. This field commando processed at the time the nominations of the Waffen-SS and prepared them for approval by Heinrich Himmler. These nominations at the time were received by SS-Obersturmbannführer Kment, the adjutant of Himmler and liaison officer to the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office). Golz nomination could have been a unlawful presentation by Himmler as commander in chief of the Army Group Vistula. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) handled this case in 1977 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 31 March 1945". The evidence sustaining this decision remains unclear. Access to the files was denied on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The presentation date was later changed by Fellgiebel. Golz was a member of the AKCR.[51]
  18. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Fellgiebel the award was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. Fellgiebel's sources are Hermann Buch and Wilhelm Kment. According to Buch—note from 25 June 2005—he has nothing to do with this presentation. And Kment cannot be the source, since Buch stated that Kment died in the early 1970s. If Kment were the source then von Seemen would have listed Heinz Gropp in either the first or second edition of his book, which is not the case. The source thus remains uncertain. Krätschmer lists Gropp in his third edition with a date of 1 May 1945 without stating a source as well. Fellgiebel dated the award on 6 May 1945. He may have done this to justify this as a Dietrich award.[54]
  19. ^ The recommendation for Franz Hack's Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross was submitted to the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) by the Division sometime between 16 and 19 April 1945 and approved by the commander of the IV. SS-Korps Herbert Otto Gille. Missing is the approval from the 6. Armee and Heeresgruppe Süd. There is no indication whether the recommendation was approved. The response from the Reichsführer-SS was prepared but missing is a date and signature. The existing card is not contemporary. There is no indication in the press that the award was presented. According to Fellgiebel Hack received the Oak Leaves from SS-Obergruppenführer and General of the SS Herbert-Otto Gille, commanding general IV. SS-Panzerkorps. The sequential number "844" and date of award were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[58]
  20. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably Desiderius Hampel received the Knight's Cross the same day as Karl Liecke and Hans Hanke. Letter from Krätschmer to von Seemen dated 7 August 1980. According to von Semen presumably presented by General Maximilian de Angelis. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed Hampel's case in 1980 and Fellgiebel decided: Knight's Cross yes, 3 May 1945. In his book he noted: "A justification for the presentation was not given". Hampel was a member of the AKCR.[59][60]
  21. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Hans Hanke, according to Krätschmer, was informed of the award by SS-Brigadeführer Desiderius Hampel and SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Liecke. Both Hampel and Liecke supposedly received the Knight's Cross the same day—Letter from Krätschmer to von Seemen dated 7 August 1980. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Hanke received the Knight's Cross. According to von Seemen the Knight's Cross was awarded by General Maximilian de Angelis. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed the case in 1980 and Fellgiebel decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 3 May 1945". Nevertheless Fellgiebel noted: No justification for the award.[59][60]
  22. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Krätschmer—letter dated on 7 August 1980 to von Seemen— the presentation was made in conjunction to the Oak Leaves presentation to Matthias Kleinheisterkamp and was announced via radio transmission on 28 April 1945 from the Führer Headquarters in Berlin to the 9. Armee (9th Army) in the Halbe pocket. The radio transmissions received by the AOK 9 (Armeeoberkommando 9 — high command of the 9th army) in April 1945 were not retained. All communication to the Führerbunker in Berlin were out of order as of 5AM on 28 April. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed Kurt Hartrampf's case in 1980 and decided solely relying on the letter from Krätschmer: "Knight's Cross yes, 28 April 1945", Hartrampf was a member of the AKCR.[61]
  23. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Krätschmer—letter dated on 7 August 1980 to von Seemen— the presentation was made in conjunction to the Oak Leaves presentation to Matthias Kleinheisterkamp and was announced via radio transmission on 28 April 1945 from the Führer Headquarters in Berlin to the 9. Armee (9th Army) in the Halbe pocket. The radio transmissions received by the AOK 9 (Armeeoberkommando 9 — high command of the 9th army) in April 1945 were not retained. All communication to the Führerbunker in Berlin were out of order as of 5AM on 28 April. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed Edgar Hauckelt's case in 1980 and decided solely relying on the letter from Krätschmer: "Knight's Cross yes, 28 April 1945".[63]
  24. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Hauser was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[63]
  25. ^ The nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) via teleprinter on 6 April 1945. This can be verified in the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) and file card. A HPA nomination was never created or was not retained and according to the file card the nomination was numbered Nr. 5023 and forwarded for further processing. The file card indicates no further information. The presentation date according to Krätschmer was the 6 May 1945. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Hans Havik (Johann Havik according to Scherzer) received the Knight's Cross. The presentation date 9 May 1945 was assigned by Fellgiebel.[64]
  26. ^ Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Ludwig Hoffmann received the Knight's Cross. The presentation date was assigned by Fellgiebel. Krätschmer lists him on 9 May 1945. Hoffmann was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR)[69]
  27. ^ According to Scherzer on 20 April 1945[71]
  28. ^ Heinz Jürgens' nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) sometime between 23 and 27 April 1945 and prepared for signature with a presentation date of 28 April 1945. However it was never signed. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. Jürgens was a member of the AKCR.[73]
  29. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Fellgiebel claimed that Paul-Albert Kausch, at the time wounded in the Reich Chancellery, had received news that according to a radio message received from Panzer AOK 11 had been awarded the Oak Leaves on 23 April 1945 from SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Ziegler. Ziegler, the Division commander of Kausch, was killed in action on 1 May 1945. Krätschmer however indicated that Kausch was wounded 25 April, therefore he couldn’t have received the news on the 25 April. The 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland was only subordinated to the 11th Panzer Armee in February 1945. The Stab of the 11th Panzer Army then relocated to the Western Front where it surrendered on 21 April. Krätschmer claimed that the award was presented for the actions during the middle of April east of Berlin. Mr. J.S. Fischer, who was verifying the Oak Leaves presentation on behalf of Fellgiebel is not aware of a radio message received from the Panzer AOK 11. Fischer indicated that he only referenced the information presented by Kausch, which is already stated in Krätschmer. According to information by Fischer on 14 October 2004, Fellgiebel had made the note about the Panzer AOK 11. The sequential number "845" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), according to Krätschmer the number is "846", the date was accepted by the AKCR. Kausch was member of the AKCR.[73]
  30. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Also never processed by the Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). According to von Semen presumably presented by General Maximilian de Angelis on the basis of the Dönitz-decree. Fellgiebel noted in his book: "A justification for the presentation was not given".[59][82]
  31. ^ Fellgiebel claims that the nomination was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) via teleprinter from the commander-in-chief of the 9. Armee, general Theodor Busse, on 21 April 1945. Busse had nominated SS-Obergruppenführer Kleinheisterkamp for the Oak Leaves. The claim is that the teleprinter contained a note that the formal procedure for immediate approval should be waited for (Dienstwegvorschlag bzgl. Sofortverleihung abwarten). This teleprinter message cannot be found in the German Nation Archives (Bestand RH 7). Busse had also nominated by teleprinter Generalmajor Joachim von Siegroth on the 21 April. This teleprinter message can be found in the Nation Archives (Bundesarchiv RH 7/300). According to Fellgiebel the same note can be found on von Siegroth's nomination. This means that a formal nomination, in this instance via the Army Group Vistula, followed. Both announced "formal nominations" never followed and were never received by the HPA. The teleprinter nomination of von Siegroth is listed in the book of "awarded Knight Crosses" with an entry date of 21 April but Kleinheisterkamp's nomination isn't. The reason for this may be that the liaison officer of the Waffen-SS at the HPA/P5a may have forwarded the nomination to the Reichsführer-SS for approval. From here it should have been returned to the HPA which it wasn't. The distribution list of von Siegroth's nomination indicates that general Busse had informed the Army Group Vistula and the chief of the HPA general Wilhelm Burgdorf. It is very likely that Kleinheisterkamp's nomination had the same distribution list as von Siegroth's, because the same principles applied. Burgdorf therefore should have been informed of the formal procedure regarding Kleinheisterkamp's nomination. The question remains unanswered whether the Führer Headquarter or Adolf Hitler has approved the direct nomination of Kleinheisterkamp on 28 April or not. Scherzer claims that this is very unlikely because Burgdorf would not have done two things. First, submit a nomination to the Führer without having assessed the situation himself, which only would have been possible if he had studied the formal paperwork. Secondly he would not have bypassed the formal procedure which was already initiated. Additionally the radio connection to the Führerbunker was down since 5:00 on 28 April 1945. The sequential number "871" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) and the date is assumed.[85]
  32. ^ According to Fellgiebel on 2 May 1945 in the Battle of Halbe.[87]
  33. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee.[91]
  34. ^ Walter Körner's nomination by the troop was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) end of March 1945. There is no entry date listed on the file card nor in the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses). The HPA created a nomination request with the number 4980, which does not exist anymore, and according to the file card was submitted for further processing on 4 April 1945. No further comments or notes indicate that the nomination was finalized. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Körner received the Knight's Cross. Fellgiebel assigned the presentation date. Krätschmer claims that the award was approved on 9 May 1945.[93]
  35. ^ Walter Krüger's date of death is inconclusive. According to Florian Berger date of death is 20 May 1945, Walther-Per Fellgiebel states 8 May 1945 and Veit Scherzer presents the 22 May 1945.[32][98][99]
  36. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee.[100]
  37. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "862" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Lehmann was member of the AKCR.[101]
  38. ^ No evidence regarding Jacques Leroy's nomination can be found in the German Federal Archive. A presentation, as assumed by Fellgiebel, by the chief of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf, is very unlikely because the 28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Wallonien was deployed in Pomerania with the Army Group Vistula in March/April 1945 and not in or near Berlin. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The presentation, according to Krätschmer, was confirmed by the former adjutant to the divisional commander in 1957 and divisional commander in 1973. Fellgiebel himself, in a letter dated 31 August 1976, considered this evidence as Quatsch (a hoke or nuts). Leroy was a member of the AKCR.[102]
  39. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Fellgiebel the Knight's Cross was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. Fellgiebel states the sources Hermann Buch and Wilhelm Kment. Buch had nothing to do with this presentation (note from 25 June 2004). The 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking was not under the command of Dietrich in the respective timeframe. Krätschmer presents a presentation date of 25 March 1945 and von Seemen the 25 April 1945. Fellgiebel has changed this to the 6 May 1945. It has to be speculated whether Fellgiebel did this to hide the presentation among the Dietrich awards. Unfortunately Karl-Heinz Lichte, member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), did nothing to help clarify the situation. Two letters from the general manager of the AKCR had been sent to Lichte, the first on 24 July 2004 and the second on 22 August 2004.[102]
  40. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably the Knight's Cross was awarded on the same day as Desiderius Hampel's and Hans Hanke's, as stated in a letter from Krätschmer to von Seemen dated 7 August 1980. According to von Seemen the award was presented by General Maximilian de Angelis. Fellgiebel accepted Karl Liecke as Knight's Cross recipient but noted in his book: "A justification for the presentation was not given".[59] Liecke was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[103]
  41. ^ Jakob Lobmeyer may have received a lawful presentation via the command chain via the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) Wilhelm Burgdorf in Berlin. Also probable is a direct presentation from Adolf Hitler. However, no evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Veit Scherzer was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The order commission of the AKCR handled this case in 1973. In the 1980s Lobmeyer also claimed and requested to have received the German Cross in Gold as well as the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel stated in a letter dated 17 December 1987: "Lobmeyer had never received the German Cross nor the Oak Leaves. He is already very well off that we list him under article 8 [a footnote in Fellgiebel's book] and keep things quiet, that he may have received the Knight's Cross in the timeframe 20 April to 30 April 1945." In the same letter he refers to Lobmeyer as Spinner (a wacko or crank). Ernst-Günther Krätschmer lists him with an approval date of 20 April 1945 and a presentation date of 28 April 1945. Gerhard von Seemen noted: "Presentation was made after the radio message receipt from commanding general 20SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln of the V. SS Mountain Corps." 13SS-Obersturmführer Lobmeyer had been nominated for the Honor Roll in March by the Army Group Centre. This nomination had been approved but the presentation was never made. Lobmeyer was a member of the AKCR.[104][105][106]
  42. ^ The nomination was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) from the troop on 25 March 1943 and was approved by the commanding general of the III. (germ.) SS-Panzerkorps. Missing is the approval from the commander-in-chief of the 11. Armee, Army Group Vistula and from the Reichsführer-SS. The HPA created a formal nomination without a sequential number on 27 March 1945. Both nominations are retained in the Nation Archives. Both nominations give no information whether the nomination was approved and whether the Oak Leaves had been awarded. The nomination list of the higher grade of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves only dates the nomination entry on 25 March 1945. The Order Commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1974 and decided: yes, 872nd Oak Leaves. According to the AKCR the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The sequential number "872" and date were assigned by the AKCR. Lohmann was a member of the AKCR.[104]
  43. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee.[109]
  44. ^ Otto Meyer's date of death is inconclusive. According to Walther-Per Fellgiebel date of death is 24 August 1944 while Veit Scherzer presents the 29 August 1944.[111][112]
  45. ^ No evidence of the award to Werner Ostendorff can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "861" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[115]
  46. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Walther-Peer Fellgiebel the award was presumably awarded by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it unlawful. Fellgiebel names Hermann Buch, the former IIa (personnel administration) of the 2. SS-Division "Das Reich", and Wilhelm Kment as sources. Buch stated on 25 June 2006 that he has nothing to do with this presentation. Walter Pitsch is mentioned the first in Ernst-Günther Krätschmer 2nd edition of "Die Ritterkreuzträger der Waffen-SS—The Knight's Cross Bearers of the Waffen-SS". The Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) initially did not accept Pitsch as a recipient since he was not listed in Gerhard von Seemen's 2nd edition of "Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945—The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945". The order commission of the AKCR processed the case in 1977 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 3 May 1945". The presentation date was later changed by Fellgiebel to 6 May 1945. Krätschmer who does not present a source for Pritsch's listing also states 6 May 1945. Unfortunately Pritsch, a member of the AKCR, did not help clarify the situation. Twice, on 24 July 2004 and 22 July 2004, did he not respond to a request from the president of the AKCR.[119]
  47. ^ Werner Pötschke's date of death is inconclusive. According to Walther-Per Fellgiebel date of death is 21 March 1945 while Veit Scherzer presents the 24 March 1945.[120][121]
  48. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Krätschmer (letter to von Seemen dated 7 August 1980) the award was presented together with the Oak Leaves to Matthias Kleinheisterkamp. Presumably the announcement was made via radio transmission on 28 April 1945 from the Führer Headquarters in Berlin to the 9. Armee (9th Army) in the Halbe pocket. The radio transmissions received by the AOK 9 (Armeeoberkommando 9 — high command of the 9th army) in April 1945 were not retained. All communication to the Führerbunker in Berlin were out of order as of 5AM on 28 April. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed the case in 1981 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 28 April 1945", Gustav-Peter Reber was a member of the AKCR.[122]
  49. ^ Voldemars Reinholds' nomination by the troop was received by Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 25 March 1945. The HPA created a nomination numbered 4940 on 30 March 1945. A file card listing the same information is filed among the rejected nominations. The column verliehen (Awarded) in the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) is blank. No proof exists that the Knight's Cross was awarded. The presentation date was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR)[124]
  50. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Presumably the award was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich which would make it an unlawful presentation. The author was denied access to files, which could help clarify the case, of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law). The presentation date 6 May 1945 was assigned by Fellgiebel. Scherzer questions whether this was done to place Rudolf Rettberg among the Sepp Dietrichawards. Krätschmer and von Seemen state the 1 May 1945.[126]
  51. ^ The nomination by the troop via teleprinter message was sent on 25 March 1945, according to file card on 28 March 1945, according to the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses) on 5 April 1945. The nomination was returned to the HPA/P5a (Army personnel office) by SS-Obersturmbannführer Kment with the approval of Heinrich Himmler on 29 April 1945. Retained by the German Federal Archive are four identical copies listing the approval of Friedrich Richter's divisional commander Heinz Harmel and the Reichsführer SS, as well as three almost finished nominations by the HPA. Missing is the confirmation of the commander-in-chief of the 9. Armee and Army Group Vistula. The nomination of the HPA Nr. 4729 is listed in the book "Verliehene Ritterkreuze" (Awarded Knight Crosses), however lacks reference to this number and remained unfinished by the end of the war. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed this case in 1977 and decided "Knight's Cross yes, 6 May 1945". Fellgiebel later changed this date again. Krätschmer lists the 9 May 1945. Richter was a member of the AKCR.[126][127]
  52. ^ No evidence regarding the presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Fritz Rieflin can be found in the German Federal Archive. Fellgiebel also had no evidence and wrote on 11 July 1983 to Mr. Eichhorn: "I have to rely on Krätschmer in Rieflin's case...". Unlawful presentation by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Rieflin was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[128]
  53. ^ No evidence regarding the presentation of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross to Erwin Franz Roestel can be found in the German Federal Archive. Walther-Peer Fellgiebel states about Roestel: "Presentation Heeresgruppe Mitte before 3 May 1945",[129] thus making it unlawful. Fellgiebel certified, as head of the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR), in a letter dated 11 June 1974 to Roestel that the AKCR has accepted him as a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron, legitimized by the Dönitz-decree.[128]
    The files of the AKCR reveal the following facts: Roestel assumed that Ferdinand Schörner had nominated him for the Knight's Cross in April 1945 because Schörner had said he would do so: " ... Schörner and I were standing with the famous test pilot Hanna Reitsch ... at a street in Marklissa ... Schörner then asked me ... Why don't you have the Knight's Cross already?... I answered: Because I am an assault artillerist. ... But this time ... you will definitely get the Knight's Cross, because I will take care of it!", so Schörner. Roestel therefore strongly believes that Schörner had nominated him. To the question, why the presentation was not made before the war ended, Roestel answered: "I can only assume that his nomination for my Knight's Cross was lost." Roestel sent an affidavit 24 years later to Schörner asking him for confirmation. Schörner answered: "Even though I cannot remember every detail I can confirm the factual content ... in all relevant points. The presentation to Roestel, based on my nomination, was the last honor bestowed by the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg."[130]
    Veit Scherzer concluded: Schörner did not confirm that he made the presentation to Roestel. He claimed to have made a nomination. Therefore it cannot be a direct presentation by Schörner himself. This leaves two alternatives, a presentation via the command chain or a direct presentation by Hitler. A nomination by the troop via the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) is not verifiable. A presentation via the command chain must therefore be ruled out. Roestel's reference to Hanna Reitsch, who managed to evacuate Feldmarschall Robert Ritter von Greim from Berlin on 28 April 1945, indicates that the meeting of Roestel, Reitsch and Schörner could only have taken place after 28 April. This however rules out a direct presentation by Hitler. All the radio connection to the Führerbunker were down since 5:00 on 28 April 1945. According to the AKCR the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date "3 May 1945" was assigned by Fellgiebel. Roestel was a member of the AKCR.[131]
  54. ^ Only a copy of the teleprinter message submitted nomination by the troop to the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) was retained. There is not a single comment or indication on this copy indicating that the nomination was further processed. A file card listing the same information is filed among the rejected nominations. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the award was presented in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was copied by Fellgiebel and Krätschmer.[131]
  55. ^ No evidence of the award to Johann Sailer can be found in the German Federal Archives. According to Fellgiebel presumably awarded by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. The sources for this assumption are Hermann Buch and Wilhelm Kment. According to Buch—note from 25 June 2005—he has nothing to do with this presentation. And Kment can't be the source, since Buch stated that Kment died in the early 1970s. If indeed Kment would have been the source then von Seemen would have listed Sailer in either the first or second edition of his book, which isn't the case. Sailer himself states in his book "Kriegslebenslauf" (war diary) that he received the award on 4 May 1945. Fellgiebel dated the award on 6 May 1945. He may have done this to justify this as an Dietrich award. Krätschmer lists Sailer for the first time in the 3rd edition of his book without referencing a source. Sailer also claims to have received the German Cross in Gold on 19 March 1945, which also cannot be verified. Author Manfred Dörr was given insight into Sailer's pay book and noticed that the Knight's Cross entry was formally incorrect. The entry thus doesn't appear to be authentic. Sailer was a member of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[134]
  56. ^ Siegfried Scheibe's nomination was received by the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) on 2 April 1945, the number 5047 had been created and according to the file card forwarded for further processing on 11 April 1945. No further comments or notes indicate that the nomination was finalized. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Scheibe received the Knight's Cross. Fellgiebel assigned the presentation date. Krätschmer claims that the award was approved on 9 May 1945.[135]
  57. ^ Karlheinz Schulz-Streeck was nominated by the commander-in-chief North via teleprinter message on 11 May 1945. The Heerespersonalamt Außenstelle (HPA/A—Branch of the Army Staff Office) received the message on 13 May 1945. There is no further indication available that the nomination was processed or awarded. Schulz-Streeck is not listed on the HPA/A presentation list. The registry of rejected or deferred nominations contains his nomination file card only. According to the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) the presentation was made in accordance with the Dönitz-decree. This is illegal according to the Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt) and lacks legal justification. The presentation date was assigned by Walther-Peer Fellgiebel. Schulz-Streeck was a member of the AKCR.[137]
  58. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Fellgiebel claims that the award was presented by 18SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke in the Bunker of the Reich Chancellery. Willi Schweitzer however and his unit where stationed southwest of Rechnitz and had nothing to do with the Reich Chancellery. The presentation date, according to Krätschmer, is the 14 April 1945. Schweitzer is not listed in either issues of "von Seemen". The author was denied access to the files of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) on the grounds of the Bundesarchivgesetz (German Archive Law).[139]
  59. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed the case in 1982 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 6 May 1945". The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. Seibold was a member of the AKCR.[139]
  60. ^ According to Scherzer Kārlis Sensbergs' last name is spelled Senbergs. His nomination to the Knight's Cross by the troop was received by teleprinter on 5 April 1945. According to the file card it was immediately forwarded for further processing. The file card of the Heerespersonalamt (HPA—Army Staff Office) was not retained and remained unfinished by the end of the war. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Senbergs received the Knight's Cross. The order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR) processed the case in 1981 and decided: "Knight's Cross yes, 9 May 1945". While Krätschmer also states the 9 May 1945, Fellgiebel changed this again later.[139]
  61. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives, also not mentioned by the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). According to Fellgiebel, the award was presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich, which would make it an unlawful presentation. Fellgiebel is referring to Hermann Buch and Wilhelm Kment as sources. Buch reported on 25 June 2004 that he hadn't to do anything with this case. Stadler himself claimed that Dietrich proposed him on 22 March 1945, even though the 9. SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen" was not subordinated to the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "152" was assigned by the AKCR. The date might have been taken from Ernst-Günther Krätschmer.[140]
  62. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. Also no mentioned by the order commission of the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). According to von Seemen presumably awarded by general Maximilian de Angelis on the basis of the Dönitz-decree of 3 May 1945. Fellgiebel noted: No justification for the award.[141] Albert Stenwedel was a member of the AKCR.[142]
  63. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "150" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Weidinger was member of the AKCR.[101]
  64. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "864" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Werner was member of the AKCR.[101]
  65. ^ No evidence of the award can be found in the German Federal Archives. The award was unlawfully presented by SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich. The date is taken from the announcement made by the 6. SS-Panzerarmee. The sequential number "151" was assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR). Wisliceny was member of the AKCR.[148]
  66. ^ The nomination by the troop is not documented. A file card indicates that it was received on 23 February 1945. SS-Obersturmbannführer Kment noted that he did return the Heinrich Himmler approved nomination on 29 April 1945 to the HPA/P5a (Army personnel office). Three copies for further processing were retained by the HPA but were left unfinished by the end of the war. Missing is the confirmation of the commander-in-chief of the 9. Armee and Army Group Vistula. The nomination did not receive a sequential number. The book "awarded Knight Crosses" does not list Erich Wulff. The nomination remained unfinished by the end of the war. The file card also contains a note "unfinished". A further file card can be found in the record for rejected or unfinished nominations. Mr Meentz of the German Federal Archive stated on 20 July 2004 that it cannot be verified that Wulff received the Knight's Cross.[153]

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