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Steiner, Felix Martin Julius

    Date of birth:
    May 23rd, 1896 (Ebenrode/Eastern Prussia, Germany)
    Date of death:
    May 12th, 1966 (Munich/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Felix Steiner was de commandant van de SS-Standarte Deutschland, SS-Division (mot.) Germania, SS Division Wiking and III SS Panzerkorps. He reached the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS.

    Promotions:
    1 June 1936: SS-Standartenführer
    1939: SS-Oberführer
    9 November 1940: SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
    1 January 1942: SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS
    1 July 1943: SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS

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    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    October 9th, 1914
    Eisernes Kreuz 2.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    First World War (1914-1918)
    Awarded on:
    November 3rd, 1917
    Eisernes Kreuz 1.Klasse (1914)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberführer
    Awarded on:
    September 17th, 1939
    Details:
    Had already received the Iron Cross 2nd Class on 9th October 1914.
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberführer
    Awarded on:
    September 26th, 1939
    Details:
    Had already received the Iron Cross 1st Class on 3rd November 1917.
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Oberführer
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Standarte “Deutschland”, “SS-Verfügungsdivision”,18.Armee, Heeresgruppe B
    Awarded on:
    August 15th, 1940
    Details:
    166th Award.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Wiking”, Heersgruppe A
    Awarded on:
    April 22nd, 1942
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Wiking”, Heersgruppe A
    Awarded on:
    June 16th, 1942
    Vapaudenristin 1.luokka miekkojen kera (VR 1 mk)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Wiking”, Heersgruppe A
    Awarded on:
    December 23rd, 1942
    Details:
    159th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Awarded on:
    July 6th, 1943
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Unit:
    Kommandierende General, III.SS-Panzer-Korps
    Awarded on:
    August 10th, 1944
    Details:
    86th Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Waffen-SS (Lieutenant-General)
    Awarded on:
    August 1st, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Willi Schumacher Collection
    • Photo: Willi Schumacher Collection
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - Kwasny A., Kwasny G., Die Eichenlaubträger 1940-1945 (CD), Deutsches Wehrkundearchiv, Lage-Waddenhausen, 2001
      - 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
      - Schneider J.W., Their Honor was Loyalty!, R. James Bender Publishing, 1977

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