Bock, Friedrich Wilhelm, born on 06-05-1897 in Wreschen, Preussen, joined the NSDAP No: 2223186. on May Day 1933 but did not join the SS, No: 405821. until November 1941 with the rank of SS Sturmbannführer. He was promoted to SS Obersturmbannführer on 05-01-1942. He became a German Waffen SS officer who during his career commanded three SS-divisions, the 9th Panzer Division Hohenstaufen, he succeeded SS Brigadeführer, Sylvester Stadler and he himself was succeeded by SS Oberführer, Walter Harzer, the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division , SS Obergruppenführer, Alfred Wünnenberg was a former commander and the Latvian 19th Waffen SS Grenadier Division. The commander of the 2nd SS Infantry Brigade, SS Oberführer, Hinrich Schuldt became the first commander of the division. After Schuldt was killed in action on 15-03-1944, age 43, hit by an anti-tank shell, Bock temporarily took command. Bock was involved in World War I with the 38th Field Artillery Regiment and wounded on 11-09-1918, shortly before the end of the war. He starts World War II as commander of the II Police Artillery Regiment in the invasion of Russia. He joins the Waffen SS as a SS Sturmbannführer on 01-11-1941 and received the Iron Cross on 28-03-1943, from SS Obergruppenführer Wünnenberg, for his bravery leading in the battle for Kolpino. Bock was temporary commander of the 19th Latvian SS-Freiwilligen-Division , volunteers. He than took over the command of the 9th SS-Panzerdivision “Hohenstaufen” as their commander Sylvester Stadtler was wounded. The division was activated on the 31-12-1942. The men of the division were German conscripts aged 18, with a cadre of experienced staff from the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler under SS Oberstgruppenführer, Kommandeur der SS-Division “LSSAH” Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler,“Sepp” Dietrich
. Their first action was in March 1944 in Poland; they were then moved to Normandy in June that year. During the Normandy campaign and subsequent withdrawal they had lost over half their number in casualties, 15.900 in June to about 7.000 in September. After the retreat from France, they were moved to Arnhem in September 1944, to rest and refit and became involved in the Allied parachute landings. Their next action was the German advance in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944–1945. After defeat in the Ardennes, the division was moved to Hungary, where it took part in the fighting to the west of Budapest in February and March. Falling back into Austria, the division surrendered to the advancing United States Army on 05-05-1945, at Steyr. The full 1944 establishment of a panzer division was 14.700 men and 100 tanks; on 17-09-1944, 9 SS Panzer had approximately 2.500 men and no tanks, whilst 10 SS Panzer had approximately 3.000 men and a few tanks. However, both were composed of seasoned veterans of Russia and Normandy, who had been specifically trained in combating airborne operations. Total casualties amongst the Waffen-SS will probably never be known, but one estimate indicates that they suffered 180.000 dead, 400.000 wounded, and 40.000 missing. World War II casualties indicates that the Waffen-SS suffered 314.000 killed and missing, or 34.9 per cent. By comparison, the United States Army suffered 318.274 killed and missing in all theatres of the war.
More than 40 German divisions were destroyed during the Battle of Normandy. No exact figures are available, but historians estimate that the battle cost the German forces a total of around 450.000 men, of whom 240.000 were killed or wounded. The Allies had achieved this blow at a cost of 209.672 casualties among the ground forces, including 36.976 killed and 19.221 missing. In addition, 16.714 Allied airmen were killed or went missing in direct connection with Operation Overlord.
Bock was nominated by Generalfeldmarschall der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur XXXXI Panzergruppe, Walter Model to Reichsführer SS, Heinrich Himmler for the “Eichenlaub” Oak leaves. Bock was highly appreciated by SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur der II SS Panzerkorps, Wilhelm Bittrich