Nikolaus Heilmann

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Nikolaus Heilmann
Born (1903-04-20)20 April 1903
Schlüchtern, German Empire
Died 30 January 1945(1945-01-30) (aged 41)
Altdamm, Nazi Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Brigadeführer
Unit 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Nikolaus Heilmann (20 April 1903 – 30 January 1945) was a Brigadeführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany.

Career[edit]

Nikolaus Heilmann was born on the 20 April 1903, in Schlüchtern, Hessen. He joined the police force in 1925. In May 1939 he joined the SS (SS service number 327324) and at the start of World War II, he was posted to the 4th SS Polizei Division and served in the early campaigns in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. He was awarded the German Cross in Gold in August 1942. In June 1943, he was promoted to Standartenführer and appointed Chief of Staff to the IV SS Panzer Corps whose entire staff was transferred to the VI SS Army Corps.

He remained on the Army staff until February 1944 when he was given command of the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian) and promoted to Oberführer. He was transferred to command the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of SS in August 1944, when he is wounded and also awarded the Knight's Cross. He returned to command the 15th SS in January 1945. He was killed in action on the 30 January 1945 and posthumously promoted to the rank of Brigadeführer.

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 375.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3384-7. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). The German Defeat in the East, 1944–45. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3371-7. 
  • 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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp
Commander of IV. SS-Panzerkorps
20 July 1944 – 6 August 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille