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Bach-Zelewski, von dem, Erich

    Date of birth:
    March 1st, 1899 (Lauenburg/Pommerania, Germany)
    Date of death:
    March 8th, 1972 (Roth/Bavaria, Germany)
    Nationality:
    German (1933-1945, German Reich)

    Biography

    Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski was a SS-Obergruppenführer who held the comand of the police district of Silesia. He was arrested after war, but never faced trial for his war crimes. Von dem Bach-Zelewski was sentenced to 10 years of labor.

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    Awarded on:
    1939
    Goldenes Parteiabzeichen
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    August 31st, 1941
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    May 20th, 1942
    1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Polizei
    Unit:
    Höhere SS- und Polizeiführer Rußland Mitte
    Awarded on:
    February 23rd, 1943
    Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer / General der Polizei / General der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Kommandierender General Korpsgruppe "von dem Bach"
    Awarded on:
    September 30th, 1944
    Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Awarded on:
    October 1st, 1944
    Wehrmachtbericht
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    SS-Obergruppenführer/ General der Polizei /General der Waffen-SS
    Unit:
    Chef Bandenkampfverbände (Kampfgruppe Korpsgruppe "von dem Bach")
    Awarded on:
    November 1944
    Bandenkampfabzeichen in Silber
    Abzeichen des SA - Treffens Braunschweig 1931
    DRL Sportabzeichen in Silber
    Schlesisches Bewährungsabzeichen

    Sources

    • Photo 1: Public Domain
    • Photo: Bundesarchiv Bild 101III-Alber-096-32, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski - Wikimedia Commons
    • - Die Ordensträger der Deutschen Wehrmacht (CD), VMD-Verlag GmbH, Osnabrück, 2002
      - 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
      - Yerger M.C., Allgemeine-SS: The commands, Units and Leaders of the general SS
      - Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 3, 1. Januar 1944 bis 9. Mai 1945. München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2 - Photo with Bandenkampfabzeichen
      - Picture with decorations
      - Colored picture with decorations
      - Soldaten im Einsatz: Danzig Kreuz

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