TracesOfWar needs your help! We miss photos of important sights in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Submit your photos to input@tracesofwar.com and it will be published!

Maringgele, Hermann

Date of birth:
November 29th, 1911 (Tschars/South Tirol, Austria)
Date of death:
July 21st, 2000 (Solingen, Germany)
Nationality:
Austrian (1919-1934, Republic)

Biography

Do you have more information about this person? Inform us!

Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
December 20th, 1941
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
June 22nd, 1942
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2. Schwadron, SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15, 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
January 27th, 1945
Deutsches Kreuz in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2. Schwadron, SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15, 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
February 21st, 1945
Received for 84 confirmed close combat days.
Nahkampfspange in Gold
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
SS-Hauptscharführer (Warrant Officer)
Unit:
Zugführer, 2. Schwadron, SS-Kavallerie-Regiment 15, 8. SS-Kavallerie-Division "Florian Geyer", Waffen-SS
Awarded on:
February 21st, 1945
Maringgele’s Knights’ Cross recommendation reads as follows…

“SS-Hauptscharführer Maringgele demonstrated extraordinary bravery and prudence as a leader during the fighting for Fortress Budapest. Over the course of 37 assault/patrol operations, some of which were conducted far behind enemy lines, he inflicted significant losses on the enemy and obtained much valuable reconnaissance. Through his bold operations (their success made possible solely due to his leadership and personal example) Maringgele was able to firm up the front of his Regiment time and again, and their success contributed significantly to the ability of the pocket’s frontline in this area to be maintained despite the strong enemy superiority.

During the ordered breakout from the Budapest pocket Maringgele took control of a group of 60 men, and he led them deep through enemy territory in an exemplary manner. With these men he was the first soldier from the pocket to reach the German lines already on the 13.02.1945.

SS-Hauptscharführer Maringgele has been involved in well over 50 days of close combat.”
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes

Sources

Photo