List of Knight's Cross recipients 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French)

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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(s) World War II
Status Obsolete
Established 1 September 1939
First awarded 30 September 1939
Last awarded 11 May 1945 / 17 June 1945
Next (higher) Grand Cross of the Iron Cross
Next (lower) Iron Cross 1st Class

The 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French) and Sturmbataillon ("assault battalion") "Charlemagne" were names used for units of French volunteers in the Wehrmacht and later Waffen-SS during World War II. The Charlemagne division was formed in 1944 from an amalgam of troops serving in other French units of the German armed forces, as well as from the paramilitary Franc-Garde of the Milice.[1]

List of recipients[edit]

Several members of the division were awarded the Knight's Cross, all during the Battle of Berlin, including:


  1. ^ Littlejohn 1987, pp. 169, 170, 172, 173.
  2. ^ a b Forbes 2010, p. 439.
  3. ^ Forbes 2010, p. 440.
  4. ^ Forbes 2010, p. 441.


  • Forbes, Robert (2010) [2006]. For Europe: The French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS. Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3581-0. 
  • Littlejohn, David (1987). Foreign Legions of the Third Reich Vol. 1 Norway, Denmark, France. Bender Publishing. ISBN 978-0912138176. 
  • 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.