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Keppler, Georg

Date of birth:
May 7th, 1894 (Mainz/Hesse, Germany)
Date of death:
June 16th, 1966 (Hamburg/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Infanterie-Regiment (motorisiert) "Der Führer" / SS-Verfügungs-Division
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 2er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Infanterie-Regiment (motorisiert) "Der Führer" / SS-Verfügungs-Division
Awarded on:
May 13th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuzes 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Oberführer
Unit:
Kommandeur SS-Infanterie-Regiment (motorisiert) "Der Führer" / SS-Verfügungs-Division
Awarded on:
August 15th, 1940
Awarded for:
Operation Fall Gelb
Keppler’s Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“Justification: The Regiment ‘Der Führer’ was the only infantry regiment in the area of the X. Armee-Korps to force a penetration through the Grebbe line. The swiftness of this action brought with it far-reaching operational consequences. It induced the capitulation of Fortress Holland and the Dutch army. Oberführer Keppler distinguished himself through his extraordinary bravery during reconnaissance, combat and while leading his Regiment. He personally directed the III. Bataillon during its opposed crossing over the Issl and its storming of the Grebben Hill under strong enemy MG and artillery fire. With the conviction that a breakthrough of this key position would be of decisive significance for further advances, SS-Oberführer Keppler was of iron resolve along with his regiment during this hard fight, which naturally brought heavy losses with it. Only afterwards was it confirmed that the brave performance of the commander and his regiment had such far-reaching implications for the enemy defense of Fortress Holland.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

  • Photo 1: Public Domain
  • Photo: Public Domain
  • - MOONEY, PETER, Waffen-SS Knights and their Battles, Schiffer Pub Ltd, 2008.
    - 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
    - Yerger M.C., German Cross in Gold, Holders of the SS and Police, Volume 1, "Das Reich" Kurt Amlacher to Heinz Lorenz, R. James Bender Publishing, San Jose, USA, ISBN 0-912138-94-7
    - Das Reich

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