SS Officers, NCOs, and Men – U thru Z

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Anton Vogler

Anton Vogler , born 1882 , was a German SS – Brigadeführer and General Major in the Waffen SS . He was, among other things, Chief of Staff of SS-Oberabschnitt Süd and Deputy Commander of SS-Oberabschnitt Süd with a service center in Munich . In addition, he was Deputy Higher SS and Policf ( Höhere SS and Polizeiführer , HSSPF) in the Süd office with a service center in Munich.

Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski

Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1 March 1899 – 8 March 1972) was a high-ranking Schutzstaffel (SS) commander during World War II in charge of so-called anti-partisan warfare (Bandenkampf (literally: “bandit fighting”)) against “bandits” and any other persons assumed to present danger to the Nazi rule or Wehrmacht’s security in the occupied territories of Eastern Europe. It mostly involved the civilian population. In 1944 he led the brutal suppression of the Warsaw Uprising.

Despite his responsibility for numerous war crimes and crimes against humanity, Bach-Zelewski did not stand trial in Nuremberg. He was convicted for politically motivated murders after the war and died in prison in 1972.

Karl von Eberstein

Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Eberstein (14 January 1894 – 10 February 1979) was a member of the German nobility, early member of the Nazi Party, the SA, and the SS (introducing Reinhard Heydrich to Heinrich Himmler in July 1931). Further, he rose to become a Reichstag delegate, an HSSPF and SS-Oberabschnitt Führer (chief of the Munich Police in World War II), and was a witness at the Nuremberg Trials.

Karl Freiherr Michel von Tüßling

Karl Freiherr Michel von Tüßling (27 July 1907 – 30 October 1991) was an Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who served in the Nazi government of German dictator Adolf Hitler and in the SS Main Office. From 1936 onwards, he was the personal adjutant of Reichsleiter and SS-Obergruppenführer Philipp Bouhler, who was in charge of Hitler’s Chancellery (Kanzlei des Führers), head of the euthanasia programme Aktion T4, as well as co-initiator of Aktion 14f13. In 1947 Tüßling provided an affidavit in defense of war criminal Viktor Brack who was sentenced to death at the Nuremberg trials.

Hans Waldmüller

SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Waldmüller (*September 13, 1912 at Bamberg/Germany; +September 8, 1944 at Basse-Bodeux/Belgium), commander 1st Battalion/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 of 12th SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend”. Knight’s Cross awarded on August 27, 1944 for his unit’s defensive achievements during the fierce battles around Caen/Normandy. During the German retreat through Belgium Waldmüller was lured into an ambush by Belgian partisans and beastly murdered. When his body was recovered by his troops it was slashed open, the genitals were cut off and the body was dumped into a drain pipe of a tarn. Hans Waldmüller -along with Untersturmführer Marquardt who was killed by headshot in the same incident- today rests at the German military cemetery at Düren-Rölsdorf near Aachen/Western Germany.

Theodor Wisch

Theodor Wisch (13 December 1907 – 11 January 1995) was a high-ranking member of the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a commander of the SS Division Leibstandarte (LSSAH) and a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. He assumed command of the LSSAH in April 1943. He was seriously wounded in combat on the Western Front by a naval artillery barrage in the Falaise Pocket on 20 August 1944, and replaced as division commander by SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke.

Günther-Eberhardt Wisliceny

Günther-Eberhardt Wisliceny (5 September 1912 in Regulowken, now Możdżany, Giżycko County – 25 August 1985 in Hanover) was a German Waffen-SS Obersturmbannführer. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). 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.

Fritz Witt

Fritz Witt (27 May 1908 – 14 June 1944) was a German Waffen-SS officer who served with the 1.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler before taking command of the 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend. Witt was killed by an allied naval barrage in 1944.

Karl Wolff

Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff (13 May 1900 – 17 July 1984) was a high-ranking member of the Nazi SS, ultimately holding the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen-SS. He became Chief of Personal Staff to the Reichsführer (Heinrich Himmler) and SS Liaison Officer to Hitler until his replacement in 1943. He ended World War II as the Supreme Commander of all SS forces in Italy. After the war, Wolff was also a central witness as to the alleged plot to kidnap Pope Pius XII.

Werner Wolff

Werner Wolff was an Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant), in the 1. SS Panzer Division ‘Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler’ (LSSAH) of the Waffen SS, who was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.

Wolff was awarded the Knight’s Cross on 7 August 1943 while serving as Joachim Peiper’s Adjutant in the III.(gep.) Battalion of 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. Peiper recommended Wolff for the his actions after he took command of the leaderless 13th Company, following the wounding of its commander, during the Battle of Kursk in early July, and stopped a Russian tank attack. Wolff destroyed one tank single handed and refused to give ground to the Russian attack.

In November 1943 Wolff was shot through the thigh and was due to have the leg amputated. However when the medical orderly arrived to take Wolff to be operated on, he drew his pistol and warned the orderly he was not losing his leg, even firing a warning shot into the ground. Wolff made a complete recovery.

In the Normandy Campaign (Operation Overlord) he particularly distinguished himself during the defense of Tilly, and was awarded the Wehrmacht’s Honour Roll Clasp of the Army as a result.

Wolff was killed during Operation Spring Awakening, in Hungary on 19 March 1945.

Max Wünsche

Max Wünsche (20 April 1914 — 17 April 1995) was a SS-Standartenführer (colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves.

Franz Ziereis

Franz Xaver Ziereis (13 August 1905 – 24 May 1945) was the commandant of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp from 1939 until the camp was liberated by the Americans in 1945.

OTHER OFFICERS:

  • SS-Sturmbannführer Ernst Dehmel
  • SS-Standartenführer Dr.-Med. Wilhelm Fehrensen
  • SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk
  • SS-Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kepplinger
  • SS-Unterscharführer Kurt Kleber
  • SS-Untersturmführer Willi Klein
  • SS-Untersturmführer Franz-Josef “Franzl” Kneipp
  • SS-Obersturmführer Bernhard-Georg Meitzel
  • SS-Obersturmbannführer Heinz Milius
  • SS-Obersturmbannführer John Mühlenkamp
  • SS-Standartenführer  Otto Paetsch
  • SS-Untersturmführer Kurt Peters
  • SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Pfeiffer
  • SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rolf Schulz, M.D.
  • SS-Hauptscharfuehrer Gustav Weissenborn

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German Military History with a focus on World War 2 History including other areas of German History