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Hans-Joachim “Hajo” Heinrich Freiherr von Hadeln
Hans-Joachim “Hajo” Heinrich Freiherr von Hadeln, 6 March 1910 in Berlin – 12 January 1943 at Orlowski in Russia, was a German officer of the SA and the SS (SS-No .: 203257), Volunteer of the bodyguard, last SS-Obersturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS and carrier of the German Cross in gold.
Rudolf von Ribbentrop
Rudolf Joachim von Ribbentrop, 11 May 1921 in Wiesbaden – 20 May 2019 in Ratingen, was a German officer of the Waffen-SS, with the last rank of SS-Hauptsturmführer and Knights Cross winner of the Second World War. In the post-war period, he was a successful businessman and author. He wrote a book about his father including books tours which were surprisingly in Moscow on October 24, 2015, when he presented his work from 2008, which was translated into Russian.
Christian Frederik von Schalburg
Christian Frederik von Schalburg, 15 April 1906 – 2 June 1942, was a Danish army officer, the second commander of Free Corps Denmark and brother of Vera von Schalburg.
SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Waldmüller, 13 September 1912 at Bamberg/Germany – 8 September 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.
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 recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.
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.) The battalion of 2nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. Peiper recommended Wolff for 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.
Balthasar “Bobby” Woll, 1 March 1922 in Wemmetsweiler – 18 March 1996, was an Oberscharführer in the Waffen-SS who was also awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross.
After an apprenticeship as an electrician, he reported on 15 August 1941 as a volunteer for the Waffen SS. He was posted as a machine gunner to the 3rd Company, 1st SS Totenkopf Infantry Regiment. He was wounded during the fighting at the Demyansk Pocket and sent to hospital in Germany. While recovering from his wounds he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class and the Wound Badge in black, in July 1942.
After his recovery, he retrained as a tank gunner and at the end of 1942 posted to the 13th Heavy Tank Company, SS Panzer Regiment 1, 1st SS-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler where he met his tank commander Michael Wittmann.
By the time of Operation Citadel, they were one of the best tank crews in the Division, and in September 1943 was awarded the Iron Cross 1st class, having destroyed 80 tanks and 107 anti-tank guns.
He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in January 1944 the 1st and only tank gunner to receive the award and in October 1944 promoted to Oberscharführer.
When Wittmann was killed in Normandy in 1944, Woll was severely wounded and in a field hospital, but survived the war.
Karl Heinz Worthmann, 18 January 1911 – 6 July 1943, was an SS-Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant), in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross) for his feat in the Third Battle of Kharkov, spring 1943.
Worthman was born in Hagen, Germany on the 18 January 1911. He volunteered to join the SS and was posted to the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT). He took part in the Battle of France as an Infantry platoon commander and was awarded the Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse and I.Klasse. During the invasion of Russia (Operation Barbarossa) in 1941, he was severely wounded and after recovering from his wounds trained as a Panzer crewman. He was promoted to SS-Hauptscharführer (Master Sergeant) and made a platoon commander in the 6. Kompanie / II.Abteilung / SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 / SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich. In the Battle of Kharkov Worthman, was in command of 4 tanks supporting the infantry in an attack near Wossyschtschewo on height 209.3 during which they destroyed 27 anti-tank guns and 2 infantry guns without loss. For his actions during this battle, he was awarded the Ritterkreuz on 31 March 1943. Worthman was promoted to SS-Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant) and given command of the 6. Kompanie, when he was killed in action during Operation Citadel on the 6 July 1943, in the Belgorod sector.
Max Wünsche, 20 April 1914 — 17 April 1995, was an 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.