Erwin Bachmann was SS-Obersturmführer in the Waffen-SS. He joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe as a volunteer in August 1939. Bachmann was posted to 2.Kompanie der SS-Ersatz-Standarte "Germania". At the end of the Polish campaign he was posted to 11.Kompanie des SS-Regiment "Germania" and was involved in the battle for France.
August 1941, Bachmann was promoted to SS-Rottenführer and in September of the same year he took part in the fighting during Operation Barbarossa until November 1941 when he returned to the SS-Ersatz-Standarte "Germania". Bachmann, only 20 years old, was elected for officer’s training and between February and June 1942, attended the SS Junkerschule in Bad Tölz. In May 1942, he was promoted to SS-Oberscharführer and later returned to the SS-Ersatz-Standarte "Germania" which was stationed in Arnhem at the time. September 1942 the Oberscharführer joined the SS-Division “Wiking” and later the newly formed SS-Division “Frundsberg” where he became Adjutant to II-Abteilung des 10.SS-Panzer-Regiment in the rank of SS-Untersturmführer.
In October 1943, Bachmann got his first command of a unit, the 3. Kompanie / 10.SS-Panzer-Regiment/Division "Frundsberg".
After a short training, Bachmann was put in command of 5.Umschulungs-Lehrgang für Sturmgeschütze and was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer in November 1944. After the Battle of the Bulge, his unit was incorporated in Armygroup G and deployed in Operation Nordwind, together with 6.SS-Gebirgs-Division "Nord". Bachman saw action for the last time in Pommerania with 1.Kompanie near Christienenberg where he put a number of T-34 tanks out of action. May 1945, the company moved westwards in the vicinity of Göttingen, Sandbostel where they were taken prisoner by English troops.
Erwin Bachmann passed away February 18th, 2010 and was buried in Göttingen.
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