Siegfried Korth

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Siegfried Korth
Born 5 February 1922
Died 22 September 1996(1996-09-22) (aged 74)
Wertach, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service 1939–45
Rank Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant)
Unit 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class

Siegfried Korth (5 February 1922 – 22 September 1996) was an Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in February 1945, when in command of the 3rd Squadron, 18 SS Cavalry Regiment, 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer, while fighting on the Hungarian Front attempting to break out of the encirclement at Budapest.

Siegfried Korth joined the SS on 30 September 1940, as a Reiter with SS-Kavallerie Regiment 2. Attended the Junkerschule Braunschweig from 1 November 1941 until 30 April 1942, followed by a Zugführer (platoon leader)s course until 9 May. He then was attached to the SS-Kavallerie Ersatz Abteilung. Joining the new SS-Kavallerie Division in Debica during late June 1942, Korth was assigned to Gustav Lombard’s SS-Kavallerie Regiment 1 staff as an Ordnance Officer until becoming a Zugführer in early 1943. In May 1943 he took command of the 3.Schwadron of SS-Kavallerie Regiment 1, succeeding Hauptsturmführer Hans von Charpentier, until he was wounded on 1 September 1943. Returning to duty after recovering, Korth was assigned to 3. / SS-Kavallerie Regiment 18 as Schwadronsführer. He led his unit in Budapest and survived the breakout on 11th/12 February 1945. Promotions: 21 June 1942: SS-Untersturmführer; 30 January 1944: SS-Obersturmführer.[1][2]


Further reading[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3384-7. 
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). The German Defeat in the East, 1944–45. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3371-7.