Waldmüller, Johann “Hans”

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Waldmüller, Johann "Hans"
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Waldmüller, Johann “Hans”, born 13-09-1912 at Bamberg, joined the SS at a early stage on 01-11-1933, with number 131 258. Soon he was promoted to SS-Mann and SS-Sturmmann in 1934. While part of the 4./Standarte “Deutschland”. On 01-04-1936 he was promoted to SS-Junker and would soon become an officer. He finally became SS-Untersturmführer  in 1937, on the 20th of April. As many other comrades he became member of the Party (NSDAP)  and was transferred to the Sicherheitsdienst (SD)  in May 1937. Also in this year he participated in various sportscamps and was awarded both the Deutsches Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze  and SA-Sportabzeichen in Brons . It didn’t stop there as he also recieved the Ehrendegen des Reichsführer-SS .  He was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer in 1938 just before the war began. During World War II he was promoted to SS-Hauptsturmführer and then transferred to the elites, the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler , under SS-Obergruppenführer Josef Dietrich  Dietrich, Josef "Sepp"  in the Summer of 1940. He would participate in the Battle of France and the invasion of the Balkans. In the Battle of Greece he distinguished himself and was awarded the Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse . Months after he would be awarded the Eisernes Kreuz I. Klasse during Operation Barbarossa. As he would also participate in the fighting’s during the Russian winter of 1941/42, the Winterschlacht im Osten  was his. After taking part in more than three infantry assaults he qualified himself for the Infanterie-Sturmabzeichen. Because he also got wounded during one of these assaults he was awarded the Verwundetenabzeichen in Schwarz. But it wouldn’t stop there as he got wounded again and would receive the wounded badge in Silber.

When a new Waffen-SS division was to be formed, the 12. SS-Panzer-Division “Hitlerjugend”  under SS Obergruppenführer Kurt Meyer, he was selected to be transferred over from the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. Hauptsturmführer Waldmüller,  here with SS Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke received the command over the first battalion from the newly created 25. SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment “Hitlerjugend” and promoted to SS-Sturmbannführer. He stood in the midst of his men, the very soul of resistance,’ according to “Panzer Meyer”
Knight’s Cross awarded on 27-08-1944 for his unit’s defensive achievements during the fierce battles around Caen/Normandy.

Death and burial ground of Waldmüller, Johann “Hans”

  During the German retreat through Belgium Waldmüller was murdered on 08-09-1944 at Basse-Bodeux/Belgium. He was gruesomely mutilated after he was ambushed by Belgian partisans. On 08-09-1944, while driving on his sidecar together with SS-Untersturmführer Markart, he got ambushed near Basse-Bodeux on the road from Werbomont to Stavelot. The Belgian partisans had positioned a rope on the road and when the vehicle neared they tightened the rope. The cycle was brought to a halt – either stopped or caught in the cable – and was immediately put under fire.

Soon later, horse-draw carriages from SS Sturmbannführer  Waldmüller discovered the horror. The driver of the cycle was found, seriously wounded, on the left side of the road. In the cycle itself sat Untersturmführer Karl Markart dead in the rear seat, he was shot in the head. Sturmbannführer Hans Waldmüller was discovered a little further. His body was slashed open, the genitals were cut off and the body was dumped into a drain pipe of a tarn. Hans Waldmüller is buried at the German military cemetery at Düren-Rölsdorf near Aachen/Western Germany.

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