Peiper, Joachim

Date of birth:
January 30th, 1915 (Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany)
Date of death:
July 14th, 1976 (Traves, France)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 31st, 1940
Action:
Received for his excellent leadership during the battle for the Wattenberg hill, south of Valenciennes, France.
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 1st, 1940
Action:
Received for his actions during the fightings near Torcy, France.
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur III.(gepanzerte) / SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” / Heeresgruppe Süd
Awarded on:
March 9th, 1943
Action:
Received for his acting in the bridgehead near Bridok-Frederowka.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Sturmbannführer
Unit:
III. / 2.Panzergrenadier-Regiment "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"
Awarded on:
May 6th, 1943
Action:
Citation:
"Peiper was ordered to take Zmiev and make contact with the 320. Infanterie (sic) Division. Peiper carried out this mission and brought back 750 wounded from the
320. Infanterie (sic) Division. While doing so he completely destroyed an enemy snowshoe battalion, which blocked his way back."
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1943
Action:
In preparation for the attack on Kharkov he took possession of two bridgeheads which were decisive for the movement of advancing German forces. On July 12 as massed Soviet armor penetrated his line, Peiper was faced by a T-34. Waiting for a favorable moment, he climbed onto the turret, opened the hatch, and threw in a bundle of hand grenades.
Panzervernichtungsabzeichen in Silber
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 / 1.SS-Panzer-Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
Awarded on:
January 27th, 1944
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
Action:
Received for achieving a breakthrough in the enemy lines near Shitomir.
Details:
377th Award.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Obersturmbannführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”
Awarded on:
January 11th, 1945
Details:
119th Award.
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern

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