|Friedrich Wilhelm Karl|
|Service/branch||, Waffen SS|
|Years of service||1934–1945|
11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
Iron Cross I Class
Iron Cross II Class
German Cross in Gold
Early life[change | change source]
Friedrich Wilhelm Karl was born on 15 September 1911 in Frankfurt on Oder, Germany. He was one of the first people to join the SS (SS service number 101 983) and the NSDAP (party number 1591713). He was chosen to be an officer and sent to the SS officer school, the SS-Junkerschule at Bad Tölz, in 1934.
World War II[change | change source]
In 1940, Karl was given the Iron Cross medal 1st and 2nd level during the Battle of France. He was part of the 13th Company, SS Infantry Regiment called Germania. They had small calibre artillery guns.
The SS Regiment Germania was used as the start of the new SS Division, 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland. Karl was given command of the 11th SS Panzer Artillery Regiment. He received the German Cross in Gold in August 1944. He received the Knight's Cross in December 1944.
After the war[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
Further reading[change | change source]
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 081173384X
- Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0811729052
- Mitcham Samuel, The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45, Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 0811733718