List of Knight's Cross recipients 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking

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Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Awarded by Nazi Germany
Type Neck order
Eligibility Military personnel
Awarded for Awarded to holders of the Iron Cross to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership
Campaign World War II
Status Obsolete
Established 1 September 1939
First awarded 30 September 1939
Last awarded 11 May 1945 / 17 June 1945[a]
Next (higher) Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Next (lower) Iron Cross 1st Class

The 5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking" was an elite Panzer division among the thirty eight Waffen-SS divisions of Nazi Germany. It was recruited from foreign volunteers in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Belgium under the command of German officers. During the course of World War II, the division served on the Eastern Front during World War II. It surrendered in May 1945 to the American forces in Austria.


To qualify for the Knight's Cross, a soldier had to already hold the 1939 Iron Cross First Class, though the Iron Cross I Class was awarded concurrently with the Knight's Cross in rare cases. Unit commanders could also be awarded the medal for exemplary conduct by the unit as a whole. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was divided into five grades, excluding the Grand Cross of the Iron Cross:

  • Knights Cross
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and swords
  • Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
  • Knights Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds

Knight's Cross with Diamonds[edit]

Knight's Cross with Swords[edit]

Knight's Cross with Oakleaves[edit]

Knight’s Cross[edit]

HQ Staff[edit]

  • Manfred Schönfelder, 23.02.1944 Obersturmbannführer Ia 5th SS-Pz.Div Wiking

SS Panzer Regiment 5 Wiking[edit]

SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 9 Germania[edit]

  • Fritz Biegi, 16.06.1944 Oberscharführer platoon commander 5th Company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Karl Heinz Bühler, 06.05.1945 Obersturmbannführer Commander 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • August Dieckmann, 23.04.1942 Sturmbannführer Commander I./SS-Rgt (mot) Germania
  • Hans Dorr, 27.09.1942 Hauptsturmführer Commander 4th Company, SS-Inf.Rgt Germania'
  • Fritz Ehrath, 23.02.1944 Obersturmbannführer Commander 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Markus Faulhaber, 25.12.1942 Obersturmführer Commander 2nd Company, SS-Rgt (mot) Germania
  • Egon Franz, 16.10.1944 Unterscharführer platoon commander, 3rd Company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Franz Hack, 14.05.1944 Sturmbannführer Commander III.(gp.)/9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Hans Juchem, 12.09.1943 Hauptsturmführer Commander II./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Soeren Kam, 07.02.1945 Untersturmführer Commander 1st Company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Werner Meyer, 04.06.1944 Obersturmführer Commander 1st Company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Heinz Murr, 21.09.1944 Hauptsturmführer Commander III./9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Helmut Pförtner, Helmut 18.01.1942 Untersturmführer platoon commander, 2nd Company, SS-Rgt Germania
  • Gustav Schreiber, 02.12.1943 Hauptscharführer Commander 7th company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Hans Sigmund, 05.04.1945 Oberscharführer platoon commander, 11th Company, 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Josef Styr, 05.04.1945 Hauptscharführer platoon commander, 10th Company. 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania
  • Jurgen Wagner, 24.07.1943 Oberführer Commander 9th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Germania

SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 10 Westland[edit]

  • Hans Drexel, 14.10.1943 Obersturmführer Commander II./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Bruno Hinz, 02.12.1943 Untersturmführer Commander 2nd Company, 10th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Gerhard Lotze, 01.02.1945 Obersturmführer Commander 5th Company, 10th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Albert Muller, 04.08.1943 Hauptscharführer Pak.platoon commander, 4th Company, 10th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Erwin Reichel, 28.02.1943 Sturmbannführer Commander SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Walter Schmidt, 04.08.1943 Hauptsturmführer Commander III./10th SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Günther Sitter, 13.09.1943 Hauptsturmführer Commander II./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland
  • Erich Zepper, 02.12.1943 Hauptscharführer Commander 2nd Company, SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt Westland

SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Nordland[edit]

(assigned until March 1943)

SS Panzer Grenadier Battalion Narwa[edit]

  • Georg Eberhardt, 04.08.1943 Sturmbannführer Commander SS-Pz.Gren.Btn Narwa

5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien[edit]

SS Panzer Artillery Regiment 5 Wiking[edit]

SS Panzerjäger Battalion 5 Wiking[edit]

  • Willi Eßlinger, 19.06.1943 Hauptscharführer platoon commander, 3rd Battery, Pz.Jäg Btn, SS-Pz.Gren.Div Wiking
  • Gerhard Fischer, 04.05.1944 Unterscharführer platoon commander, 3rd Battery, 5th SS-Pz.Jäg Btn Wiking
  • Paul Trabandt, 14.10.1943 Hauptscharführer platoon commander, 2nd Battery, SS-Pz.Jäg Btn Wiking

SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion 5 Wiking[edit]

  • Heinrich Debus, 04.05.1944 Obersturmführer Commander 5th SS-Pz.Reconnaissance Btn Wiking

SS Panzer Pionier Battalion 5 Wiking[edit]

  • Hugo Eichhorn, 15.01.1943 Hauptsturmführer HQ's 5th Pi.Btn, SS-Div Wiking
  • Eberhard Heder, 18.11.1944 Hauptsturmführer Commander 5th SS.Pz.Pi.Btn Wiking
  • Max Schäfer, 12.02.1943 Obersturmbannführer Commander 5th SS-Pi.Btn Wiking

SS Flak Battalion 5 Wiking[edit]

  • Alois Schnaubelt, 16.11.1944 Unterscharführer Geschützführer, 3rd Battery, 5th SS-Flak Btn Wiking



  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.