Knöchlein, Fritz

Date of birth:
May 17th, 1911 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
Date of death:
January 28th, 1949 (Hamelin/Lowersaxony, Germany)
Service number:
87.881 (SS-Nr) / 157.016 (NSDAP-Mitglieds-Nr)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

Fritz Knöchlein was after the war convicted and executed by hanging for war crimes committed on May 27th, 1940 at Le Paradis.

Promotions:
?: SS-Obersturmführer;
?: SS-Hauptsturmführer;
1942: SS-Sturmbannführer;
March 14th, 1944: SS-Obersturmbannführer

Career:
?: SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig;
?: SS-Totenkopfstandarte I „Oberbayern";
1939: 3. Kompanie, 2. SS-Totenkopf-Regiment (mot.), SS-Division Totenkopf;
?: 5. Kompanie, 2. SS-Totenkopf-Regiment (mot.), SS-Division Totenkopf;
1941: SS-Flakabteilung 3;
?: Kommandeur III. Bataillon, SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 36, 16. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division „Reichsführer SS";
April 1944: Kommandeur, 23. SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment „Norge", 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division „Nordland";
February 10th, 1945: Kommandeur SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49, 23. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division „Nederland".

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
1. / SS-Infanterie-Regiment 3 "Totenkopf"
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1942
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Freiwillige-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge"
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1944
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1942
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Schwarz
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 15th, 1942
Action:
in Bronze
Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 19th, 1942
Medaille

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