Streckenbach, Bruno

    Date of birth:
    February 7th, 1902 (Hamburg, Germany)
    Date of death:
    October 28th, 1977 (Hamburg, Germany)
    Service number:
    489972 (NSDAP)/14713 (SS)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Promotions (Allgemeine-SS/Sicherheitspolizei):
    December 24th, 1932: SS-Sturmführer;
    June 12th, 1933: SS-Hauptsturmführer;
    September 2nd, 1933: SS-Sturmbannführer;
    November 9th, 1933: SS-Obersturmbannführer;
    April 20th, 1934: SS-Standartenführer;
    September 12th, 1936: SS-Oberführer;
    April 20th, 1939: SS-Brigadeführer;
    January 1st, 1942: SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Polizei;
    November 9th, 1941: SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Polizei.

    Promotions (Waffen-SS):
    January 18th, 1943: SS-Untersturmführer der Reserve;
    March 1st, 1943: SS-Obersturmführer der Reserve;
    March 10th, 1943: SS-Hauptsturmführer der Reserve;
    March 11th, 1943: SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve;
    July 1st, 1943: SS-Obersturmbannführer der Reserve;
    August 28th, 1943: SS-Standartenführer der Reserve;
    January 30th, 1944: SS-Oberführer der Reserve;
    July 1st, 1944: SS-Brigadeführer der Reserve / Generalmajor der Reserve der Waffen-SS;
    November 9th, 1944: SS-Gruppenführer der Reserve / Generalleutnant der Reserve der Waffen-SS.

    Career:
    ?: Volksschule;
    1908: Realgymnasium des Hamburger Johanneums;
    October 1918: Unterprimaner Jungmann-Etappen-Kommando;
    February 1919: Oberprimaner Freikorps Hermann;
    ?: Freiwilligen Wachtabteilung Bahrenfeld;
    ?: Norddeutschen Heimatbund;
    ?: Wehrwolf;
    ?: Fremdsprachenkorrespondent;
    1925: Gaugeschäftsführer ADAC, Hamburg;
    1928: Verkäufer Stöver-Werken;
    October 1st, 1930: Mitglied NSDAP;
    December 1930: Mitglied SA;
    September 1st, 1931: Mitglied SS;
    ? - 1932: Autovermietung „Selbstfahrer-Union";
    1932: Werbevertreter Automobilbranche;
    December 1932: Führer Sturmbann I / 28. SS-Standarte;
    1933: Werbeabteilung Norddeutschen Rundfunk;
    October 20th, 1933: Leiter der politischen Polizei Hamburg;
    ?: Leiter Zeitfunkabteilung Norddeutschen Rundfunk;
    ?: Polizeidirektion München;
    October 5th, 1933: Regierungsrat;
    February 1st, 1938: Regierungsdirektor / Inspekteur der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD (IdS), Wehrkreis X;
    September 1939: Führer Einsatzgruppe 1 / 14. Armee;
    November 1st, 1939: Befehlshaber der Sicherheitspolizei und des SD (BdS), Krakau;
    June 12th, 1940: Chef des Amtes I (Organisation, Verwaltung und Recht) des Reichssicherheitshauptamtes (RSHA);
    July 11th, 1942: Stellvertretender Gerichtsherr des RSHA;
    December 1942: Waffen-SS;
    January 15th, 1943: Panzerjäger-Ersatz-Abteilung, Hilversum;
    March 15th, 1943: Mit den Führung Beauftragd Panzerjäger-Abteilung 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division „Florian Geyer";
    ?: Panzertruppschule Wunsdorf;
    January 10th, 1944: Kommandeur 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division „Florian Geyer";
    April 1st, 1944: Mit den Führung Beauftragd 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS „Latvia" (lettische Nr. 2);
    May 10th, 1945: POW Soviet forces;
    February 18th, 1954: Convicted to 25 years forced labour, Mosow Military Tribune;
    ?: Wladimir Prison;
    October 10th 1955: Released;
    ? - June 30th, 1969: kaufmännischer Angestellter und Prokurist, Ottenser Eisenwerk GmbH.

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    January 30th, 1939
    Goldenes Parteiabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer in der Allgemeinen SS
    Unit:
    Einsatzgruppe I der Sicherheitspolizei in Polen
    Details:
    Awarded in September 1939.
    Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Polizei
    Unit:
    Chef Amt I (Personalamt) Reichssicherheitshauptamt
    Details:
    Awarded in January 1942.
    Kriegsverdienstkreuz 1.Klasse mit Schwertern
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer der Reserve (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Führer des SS-Kavallerie-Regiments 1
    Awarded on:
    September 6th, 1943
    Tapferkeitsauszeichnung für Angehörige der Ostvölker 1. Klasse in Silber
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve (Major of Reserves)
    Unit:
    Führer SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung der SS-Kavallerie-Division
    Awarded on:
    July 15th, 1943
    Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer der Reserve (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Führer des SS-Kavallerie-Regiments 1
    Awarded on:
    September 25th, 1943
    (Allgemeines) Sturmabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer der Reserve (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Führer des SS-Kavallerie-Regiments 1
    Awarded on:
    October 30th, 1943
    Nahkampfspange in Bronze
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Standartenführer der Reserve (Colonel)
    Unit:
    Führer, SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 1, 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division, Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    December 15th, 1943
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS (Brigadier)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, 19. Waffen-Grenadierdivision der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    August 27th, 1944
    Action:
    On 06.08.1944 the Kampfgruppe 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (Lett. Nr. 2) was engaged in desperate fighting west of Lake Lubana without friendly forces to either the left or right. On the afternoon of this day an enemy division attacked from the north and cut the only retreat route of the division NW of Lubana. In the face of this, Streckenbach decided to attack. Summoning all available reserves, including horsemen and clerks, he personally led an attack on both flanks of the enemy elements. The result was the total destruction of two Soviet regiments, the capture of a large amount of weapons and materiel, and enabling the division to withdraw along this route.

    For this action, as well as his courageous leadership of the division since its fighting retreat began on 10.07.1944, Streckenbach received the Knight's Cross.
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Brigadeführer / Generalmajor der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Kommandeur 19. Waffen-Grenadierdivision der SS (lettische Nr. 2)
    Awarded on:
    September 30th, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS (Major-general)
    Unit:
    Kommandeur, 19. Waffen-Grenadierdivision der SS (lettische Nr. 2), Waffen-SS
    Awarded on:
    January 16th, 1945
    Action:
    On the morning of 23.12.1944 the Soviets attacked the left wing of the 19. Waffen-Grenadier-Division as well as the division's left neighbour (Gruppe Henze) with several divisions following a fierce artillery barrage. The Soviets managed to penetrate deeply past the front of the neighbouring unit. To counter this new threat from the flank, Streckenbach decided to form a defensive front on his flank using the II./Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment 43 and the existing alarm units of the supply troops & the combat school of the field replacement battalion. As the pressure on this makeshift frontline intensified the next day, Streckenbach inserted the II./Grenadier-Regiment. 273 (from the 93. Infanterie-Division) into the line. For four days this new position held against all enemy attacks, with the result that the Soviet breakthrough attempt by 6 divisions and a Tank Corps could be held until the arrival of friendly armoured forces.

    The achievements of the division here set the groundwork for the eventual heavy defeat of the Soviet 22nd Army in the first days of January 1945. As such Streckenbach was recognized for his role in the victory with the Knight's Cross.
    Details:
    701st Award.
    Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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