Reinefarth, Heinrich

Date of birth:
December 25th, 1903 (Gnese, Prussia)
Date of death:
May 7th, 1979 (Westerland, West Germany)
Service number:
56.634
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, German Reich)

Biography

The war criminal SS-Gruppenführer Heinrich Reinefarth was responsible for the Wola Massacre during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 25th, 1939
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
May 28th, 1940
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Feldwebel (Staff Sergeant)
Unit:
14.(Panzerjäger)/Infanterie-Regiment 33, Wehrmacht
Awarded on:
June 25th, 1940
Action:
On 28.05.1940 Feldwebel Reinefarth launched a reconnaissance mission along the route Pervyse-Avecapelle-Rousdame. On his own initiative he captured a fully intact French battery with 4 guns. Later on, according to the war reporter Leo Leixner and Reinefarth’s own account, Reinefarth took 2 men and drove in the direction of Furnes. Thanks to his cold-bloodedness he was able to force the surrender of a French colonel, 4 artillery batteries with their ammunition and 2 battalions (a total of 3000 men) in the town of Avecapelle. In doing so he greatly assisted the German drive on Dunkirk, and for these actions Reinefarth would receive the Knight’s Cross.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1943
Kriegsverdienstkreuz 2.Klasse mit Schwertern
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Gruppenführer / Generalleutnant der Polizei
Unit:
Korpsgruppe von dem Bach, Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1944
Action:
Awarded for the achievements of Kampfgruppe Reinefarth during the Warsaw uprising. Formed on 01.08.1944, the Kampfgruppe was in the first days of the battle able to launch an attack along the west-east axis that succeeded in securing the bridges over the Vistula. With this the preconditions were creating for the destruction of the Polish resistance in the city, during which Reinefarth’s Kampfgruppe was also heavily involved.
Details:
No. 608
Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub

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