SS Officers, NCOs, and Men – L thru T

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Rudolf Lehmann

Rudolf “Rudi” Lehmann (30 January 1914 – 13 September 1983) was a mid-ranking commander the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Following the war, Lehmann authored a unit history of SS Division Leibstandarte published in German by HIAG, the post-war Waffen-SS lobby group, and in English by J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing.

Heinz Linge

Heinz Linge (23 March 1913 – 9 March 1980) was an SS officer who served as a valet for German dictator Adolf Hitler. Linge was present in the Führerbunker on 30 April 1945, when Hitler shot himself.

Hubert-Erwin Meierdress

Hubert-Erwin Meierdrees (11 December 1916 – 4 January 1945), usually referred to as Erwin Meierdress, was a German Waffen-SS officer and tank commander who served with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, SS-Verfügungs-Division before joining the SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf, which he served with until his death in January 1945. Meierdrees was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

Hubert Meyer

Hubert Meyer (5 December 1913 – 16 November 2012) was a German Waffen-SS commander who served during World War II. He had junior postings with the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and commanded the SS Division Hitlerjugend in 1944. After the war, he became active in HIAG, a Waffen-SS lobby group.

Kurt Meyer

Kurt Meyer, nicknamed “Panzermeyer”, (23 December 1910 – 23 December 1961) served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during the Second World War. He saw action in many major battles, including the Invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy.

Meyer was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Upon promotion on 16 June 1944 at the age of 33 years, 5 months and 25 days Meyer became one of the youngest divisional commanders in the Waffen-SS during the Second World War. After the war he was put on trial for war crimes relating to the shooting of Allied prisoners in Normandy for which he was sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He petitioned for clemency and was released in 1954. Meyer lived until 1961.

Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp

Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp (9 October 1910 – 23 September 1986) was a German SS commander during World War II who led SS Division Wiking. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves of Nazi Germany.

Born in 1910, Mühlenkamp joined the NSDAP (Nazi Party) and the SS in April 1933 (party number 2,800,042 and the SS service number 86,065) and was posted to the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT) in 1934. Mühlenkamp was assigned to the Germania Regiment (SS Division Leibstandarte) in November 1937, and to the SS Division Das Reich. Between August and October 1944 he was commander of the Wiking division. His last command was the SS Division 30 January in 1945.

Joachim Peiper

Joachim Peiper (30 January 1915 – 14 July 1976), also known as Jochen Peiper, was a field officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II and personal adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler between November 1940 and August 1941. He saw combat on both the Eastern Front against the Red Army and the Western Front against the Allies. By 1945, he was an SS-Standartenführer and the Waffen-SS’s youngest regimental colonel. Peiper was convicted of war crimes committed in Belgium and accused of war crimes in Italy. However, in 1968, both Italian and German courts concluded that there was insufficient evidence to warrant prosecution. Peiper was murdered in France in July 1976 when his house was attacked with Molotov cocktails.

Walter Reder

Walter “Bubi” Reder (4 February 1915 – 26 April 1991) was an Austrian SS commander and war criminal during World War II.[1] He served with the SS Division Totenkopf and the SS Division Reichsführer-SS. He and the unit under his command committed the Marzabotto massacre in Italy in 1944. After the war, he was convicted of war crimes in Italy.

Hans Reimling

Hans Reimling (17 January 1918 – 7 March 1943) was an Oberscharführer in the Waffen SS and was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. He was born in Karlsruhe-Mühlburg and became a member of the Hitler Youth. He joined the SS in 1937 and a year later signed on for four years with the SS-Verfügungstruppe. He was then posted to the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, as a tank commander in the 2nd Company, SS Panzer Regiment 1 LSSAH. In a short time he had 8 anti-tank guns killed. SS Oberscharführer Reimling was killed in action in March 1943 during fighting in the Third Battle of Kharkov.

Reimling is probably buried as an unknown soldier at the War Graves cemetery in Kharkov.

Herbert Reinecker

Herbert Reinecker (24 December 1914 – 27 January 2007) was a very prolific German novelist, dramatist and screenwriter.
Born in Hagen, Westphalia, Reinecker began to write short stories already as a high school student. In 1936 he moved to Berlin, where he became editor-in-chief of a youth magazine, Jungvolk. In the same year he also co-authored a book, Jugend in Waffen (Armed Youth). This was a time when the Nazis had already been in power for three years and when the media had long been gleichgeschaltet. In 1943 he was editor-in-chief of a book entitled Der Pimpf about the training system of the Hitler Youth. Throughout World War II Reinecker served in a propaganda company of the Waffen SS.

Julius Schaub

Julius Schaub (August 20, 1898 – December 27, 1967) was the chief aide and adjutant of German dictator Adolf Hitler until the end of World War II. Schaub later died in Munich in 1967.

Walter Schmidt

Walter Schmidt (28 January 1917 – 28 July 2000) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak leaves, an award that recognized extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by National socialist Germany during World War II.

Helmuth Schreiber

Helmuth Schreiber (25 March 1917 – 6 December 2008) was a Sturmbannführer (Major), in the Waffen-SS during World War II who 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 during World War II. He was also one of only 631 members of the German Armed forces to be awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Gold.

Helmuth Schreiber was born in Giessen, Hessen on the 25 March 1917. He joined the Waffen SS and as part of the SS Standarte Deutschland participated in the Anschluss of Austria and the occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938. He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class in December 1941. He served as the Company commander of the 10th Company, 3rd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Deutschland, 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Division Das Reich. He was also awarded the Knight’s Cross in July 1943, while in command of the 10th Company. He was promoted to Sturmbannführer and assumed command of the Deutschland Regiment when he was awarded the Close Combat Clasp in Gold, in May 1944.

Kurt Schumacher

Kurt Schumacher ( March 8, 1923 in Hanover , March 20, 1945 at Stuhlweissenburg , Hungary ) was a German officer of the Waffen-SS , most recently SS-Obersturmführer and Knight Cross-bearer of the Second World War .

Paul Senghas

Paul Senghas ( January 31, 1916 in Böttingen am Neckar, November 6, 1996 in Flein near Heilbronn ) was a German officer of the SS , most recently SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer and Knight’s Cross bearer of the 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking” in World War II . The tank ace destroyed 49 enemy tanks.

Sylvester Stadler

Sylvester Stadler (30 December 1910 – 23 August 1995) was a SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS, a commander of the 2nd SS Division Das Reich, 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen and a winner of the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves and Swords. He was one of the youngest German generals during World War II, being only 34 years old when the war ended in 1945.

Werner Sternebeck

SS-Obersturmführer Werner Sternebeck: A tough and charismatic officer who led Peiper’s tank attack in the Ardennes. His was probably the first tank to reach the Baugnez crossroads just south of Malmedy and take the GI’s captive. According to a SS veteran “you didn’t follow him unless you were totally prepared to give up your life, Peiper loved him”.

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