Bittrich, Wilhelm "Willi"

    Date of birth:
    February 26th, 1894 (Wernigerode, German Empire)
    Date of death:
    April 19th, 1979 (Wolfratshausen, Germany)
    Service number:
    SS Nr. 39177/ NSDAP Nr. 829700
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    1 December 1931: NSDAP
    15 July 1932: Algemeine-SS

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberführer
    Unit:
    SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment “Deutschland”, SS-Division “Reich”, XXXX.Panzer-Korps, Panzergruppe 4, Heeresgruppe Mitte
    Awarded on:
    December 14th, 1941
    Awarded for:
    Operation Barbarossa
    Details:
    715th Award.
    Submitted on December 3rd 1941 as Kommandeur
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (Brigadier)
    Unit:
    8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer", Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    March 6th, 1943
    Details:
    Award 325/1
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Unit:
    II.SS-Panzer-Korps, 7.Armee, Heeresgruppe B
    Awarded on:
    August 28th, 1944
    Details:
    563rd Award.
    Submitted on August 26th 1944 as Kommandierender General.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Unit:
    II.SS-Panzer-Korps, 7.Armee, Heeresgruppe B
    Awarded on:
    September 27th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Unit:
    II.SS-Panzerkorps, 6. Panzer-Armee
    Awarded on:
    May 6th, 1945
    Details:
    153rd Award.
    According to several sources this awarding was not confirmed by the authorities. Number is according to the date of awarding. Confirmation is made on the basis of a statement under oath to the Ordensgemeinschaft der Ritterkreuzträger made by Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Sepp Dietrich.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern

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