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Klingenberg, Fritz

    Date of birth:
    December 17th, 1912 (Rövershagen/Mecklenburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    March 22nd, 1945 (Herxheim/Palatinate, Germany)
    Buried on:
    German War Cemetery Andilly
    Plot: 35`. Row: 10. Grave: 731.
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Fritz Klingenberg was born on 17th December 1912 in Rövershagen, Germany. He joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe in 1934. In 1935 he graduated from the SS-Junker-Schule in Bad Tölz and was promoted to SS-Untersturmführer. His first assignment was with the SS-Standarte "Germania" where he was a Kompanie-Führer. After this he was assigned to the staff of the "Inspektor der SS-Verfügungstruppe". In the battle for France in June 1940 he was Kompanie-Führer in the SS-Division "Reich". Subsequently he was involved in the fightings at the Balkan. He stayed in command of a Kradschützen-Bataillon until 1942, after which he was assigned to the staff of the SS-Junker-Schule "Bad Tölz", as commander of a group of officer recruits. In January 1945 he became Kommandeur of the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen". He was killed on 22 March 1945, not far from Herxheim in the Palatinate. His remains have never been found.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 23rd, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    June 24th, 1940
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Haupsturmführer
    Unit:
    Chef 2. / SS-Kradschützen-Bataillon "Reich" / SS-Division "Reich" / XXXXI.Armeekorps / 12.Armee
    Awarded on:
    May 14th, 1941
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obersturmbannführer
    Unit:
    2.SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich"
    Awarded on:
    April 28th, 1944
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
    • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Fellgiebel W.P., Elite of the Third Reich, The recipients of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939-1945: A Reference, Helion & Company Limited, Solihull, 2003, ISBN 1-874622-46-9
      - Patzwall K., Scherzer V., Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941-1945, Geschichte und Inhaber Band II, Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall, Norderstedt, 2001, ISBN 3-931533-45-X

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