tisdag 17 mars 2020

SS-Untersturmführer Torkel Tillmann Gefallen an der Invasionsfront 1944

SS-Ustuf - 21.6.44

I will now make an excpetion and write about a soldier who fell in Combat, I will do that from time to time. First out is the Swedish volonteer Torkel Tillmann. He was not 100% Swedish as he had a German Mother, but he was born i Sköllersta (Örebro), Sweden on November 19, 1917.

When he was young his parents divorced and he ended up in a fostercare family in Pommern before the war. He even joined the Hitlerjugend when he lived there. When he got older he went back to Sweden and went through the military training, he served at Signal Regemente 1 in Uppsala (today that ground is part of the Uppsala University) Signal is the swedish word for Nachrichten. He was in Sweden acccused for espionage , but eventually was those charges  dropped.

He was member of the Swedish NS party, NSAP (National Socialistiska Arbetar Partiet), later SSS (Svensk Socialistisk Samling) . He joined the Waffen-SS in 1942 and was sent to the SS-Übungs Lager in Sennheim. According to sources he got in a conflict with another Swedish volonteer. Torkel Tillmann was later selected to become a Officer in the Waffen-SS and was sent to the SS-Junkerchule Tölz, 11,Kriegsjunkerlehrgang, after finished course he was sent to the SS-Nachrichtenschule in Metz in which he attended the SS-Oberjunkerlehrgang to become a Nachrichten Officer of the Waffen-SS.

After finished course he was instead of sent to a SS-Nachrichten Unit, sent to become a member of the SS-Kriegsberichter Abteilung "Kurt Eggers", there is not much know where he served during the time before his death. But there is a famous photos in which he is standing together with 4 other Swedish officers of the Waffen-SS near Narwa. So he must have been attached to either SS-Div. Nordland or SS-Div Nederland for some time.

From Left  - Gösta Borg, Hans Caspar Kreuger, Hans-Gösta Pehrson,
Gunnar Eklöf, Carl Svensson and Torkel Tillman

Before the invasion (D-Day) he was transfered and sent to the SS-Pionier Abteilung 12 of 12.SS-Pz.Div. Hitlerjugend, which he served until he was KIA at June 26, 1944. He is the one of three known Swedish volonteers who saw action against the Western Forces. All other fought on the eastern front.  The other two was Sven Erik Olsson, served in 10.SS-Pz.Div. Frundsberg and Carl Svensson who also served in the SS-KB Abt. "Kurt Eggers".

Torkel Tillmann married Marianne and they got a daughter, the daughter has participated in a movie about the Swedish volonteers, her opinion must be second hand info as she was very young when her father felled in battle.  She lives today in the USA.

The letter that Marianne Tillmann recieved from the SS-KB Abt. after that Torkel was KIA


Sources: T-354 R-178, Skalmanforum, Personal Archive, Bosse Schön "Hitlers Svenska Soldater"

lördag 7 mars 2020

SS-Untersturmführer Fritz Hüholt Vermisst 8.1944

Fritz Hüholt

28.9.1919 in Varel, Kreis Oldenburg
Vermisst: 20.8.1944 in Falaise

SS-Nr: 343338
NSDAP Nr: 6078373

SS-Ustuf: 21.6.42

Known awards: Westwall Er.Med, Süd.Er.Med

SS-Flak.Abt.12 : 1944
SS-Na.Abt.12  : 1943 - 1944
SS-Na.AuE.Btl : 1942 -
Stab / SS-Na.Abt.5 : 1942
SS-Na.Ers.Abt. "Nürnberg" : 1942
SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig : 1941 - 1942 als SS-Junker
SS-UF Schule Radolfzell : 1941
SS-Junkerschule Tölz : 1941 Verbereitende Lehrgang
SS-Na.Ers.Abt. "Nürnberg" : 1941
1./SS-Na.Abt. "Reich" : - 1941 als Kradmelder
1./SS.NA.Stuba SS-VT 1938 -

Fritz Hüholt was not married and he is not listed in the Vermisstenbildlisten der DRK, which indicates that he had no family left who could put in a search ad for him in the 50/60´s At the homepage of Volksbund is he listed, still as Vermisst. In his SSO file is it listed that the SS-Flak.Abt. thought that he deserted and ran over to the enemy. This did the judge of the 12.SS-Pz.Div. later withdraw as he got the info that a witness had seen Fritz Hüholt wounded and therefor did he not deserted.

Source: SSO Hüholt, Fritz , Volksbund


SS-Standartenführer Norbert Scharf Vermisst 1.1945

u SS-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS
Norbert Scharf

DoB: 7.1.1901 in Breslau
Vermisst: 23.1.1945

SS-Nr: 2473
NSDAP Nr: 67694

SS-Staf 1.7.37
SS-Ostubaf 9.11.34
SS-Stubaf 31.7.33
SS-Hstuf 1.12.32
SS-Ostuf -
SS-Ustuf 14.3.32

SS-Hstuf d.WSS
SS-Ostuf d.WSS 2.5.40

Known award: Gold.Parteiabz. Totenkopfring, Ehrendegen, Julleuchter, SA-Sportabz. in Bronze, Reichsportabz. in Bronze,

Kdo; Milizia Armata : 1943-
SS-Gren.Ers.Btl. Ost : 1943
Stab./Bandenbekämpfung SS-Ogrud von dem Bach : 1913
SS-Geb.Jg.AuE.Btl Prinz Eugen : 1942 - 1943
Nachschubkdt. SS-uPol. Rüssland Mitte : 1942
Rekr.Depot SS-Trp.Übungspl. Debica : 1942
Wachkp. SS-Btl. SSTrp.Übunbgspl Debica : 1941 - 1942
SS-Wachbtl . Oranienburg (KL Sachsenhausen) : 1941
14.SS-Totenkopf Standarte : 1941
KL Buchenwald : 1940 - 1941
Selbschüz Allenstein : 1939 -
Selbschsutz Bromberg : 1939
39.SS-Sta : 1939  Fhr .d.
Stam./SS-Bez. 5 : 1938 - 1939
5.SS-Sta. : 1937 - 1938  Fhr d.
Stam./SS-Bez. 5 : 1936 - 1937 Inspekt.d.
SS-Abschnitt XI : 1934 - 1935 Stabsfhr
47.SS-Sta : 1934 - 1935
KL Dachau : 1934 Fhr. z.b.V
SS-Oa. Süd : 1933 - 1934 Fhr. z.b.V
I./56.SS-Sta : 1933 Fhr.d.
I./56.SS-Sta : 1932 - 1933 b.m.d.F.
3.SS-Sta : 1932 Fhr in.der

Norbert Scharf was married he had 5 Children and he was member of the Lebensborn, In his searchad in the DRK there is no photo of Norbert Scharf and his rank is only SS-Mann.

Sources: SSO Norbert Scharf, DRK, SS-Befehlsblatt, Melnyk (Thanks)


torsdag 27 februari 2020

1 Kriegsjunkerlehrgang 1 Zug SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz

Hello all,

I wonder if someone can help med identify some of the SS-Junkers in this photo.

Klick on the photo to get it bigger

Thanks in advance

Best regards


lördag 22 februari 2020

SS-Untersturmführer Fritz Alfa Vermisst 3.1945


Fritz Alfa

DoB: 6.1.1909 in Nürnberg
Vermisst: 3.1945 Leobschütz

SS-Nr:  -
NSDAP: 4534160

SS-Ustuf: 26.10.44

Known Awards -  SA-Sport Abz. Bronze, Reichsport Abz. Bronze, KvK II. mit Schwerten, Ostmedaillie, Kraft.Bew.Abz. Bronze

7./SS-Pz.Gr.Rgt.40 : 1944 - 1945
Verwaltungsschule der SS in Dachau : 1944 als SS-Junker
SS-Werkstattkompanie 18 :  -1944
SS-T.-Einheit : 1940 -

Fritz Alfa was first in Sturmabteilung (SA) but in 1940 he was transfered from the SA to the SS, in where he served in to me uknown SS-Totenkopf unit. Unfortunately is his SS-Akt a bit thin and doesn´t show his service until in 1944.

Fritz was married and had two sons. It´s mostly likely that his wife put in the ad for him to the DRK. He is missing since march 1945.

Source A3343 SSO 007 Alfa, Fritz, Vermisstenbildliste der DRK.

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fredag 21 februari 2020

SS-Obersturmführer Alfred Alius Vermisst 3.1945

Alfred Alius

DoB: 2.10.1919 in Waldsachsen
Vermisst: 3.1945 in Roitz

SS-Nr: 420794

SS-Ostuf: 30.1.44
SS-Ustuf: 30.1.42

Known awards: Totenkopfring der SS, Winkelträger, Reichsport Abz. Bronze, EK II, Inf,Sturmabz. Verwundetabz. in Silber,

Stab./10.SS-Pz.Div. : -1945 als Ib
8./SS-Pz.Rgt.10 : 1944- als Kp.Chef
SS-Pz.Rgt.10 : 1944 als Adj.
SS-StuG.Abt. 10 : 1943-
SS-StuG.Bttr. 5 : 1942-1943
SS-Art.AuE.Rgt  : 1942
I./SS-Art.Rgt. 5 : 1942
SS-Inf.Ers.Btl. "Germania" : 1942
SS-JS. Tölz : 1941-1942 5.K.J.L. SS-Junker
6./SS-Rgt. "Deutschland" : 1938-1941

Alfred Alius is MIA in the final months of the war, the area he became MIA is part of the last defence of the III Reich also known as the "Oder Front". Alfred Alius participated through the whole war, whith short brakes as he either went to Schools (Officer) or was wounded.

Alfred Alius is also an example of an officer who went throught many different units during the war, he served in total 4 different SS-Division - SS-Verfügungstruppe, 2.SS-Division (Mot) "Reich"  5.SS-Pz.Gr.Div. "Wiking" and 10.SS-Panzer Division "Frundsberg".

Alfred joined the SS when he was 19 years old and went missing as he was 25 years old, he never was married or got any children. In the Vermisstenbildliste der DRK Band WC is no photo of Alius presented, the photo I have is from his very dark SS-File.

Source: A3343 SSO 007, Alius, Alfred

onsdag 19 februari 2020

SS-Untersturmführer Matthäus Höck Vermisst 1.1945

Matthäus Höck

DoB: 30.4.1911 in Salzburg
Vermisst: 1.1945 in Bromberg

SS-Nr: 474326
NSDAP: Mitglied s. 1933

SS-Ustuf - 30.1.44

Awards: Unknwon

Heeresgasschutzschule Bromberg - 1945
SS-Pz.AuE.Btl 17 1944-1945
SS-Pz.Gren.Schule II - 1943-1944 Als SS-Junker
Eintritt in Waffen-SS - 1939
Eintritt in der SS - 1938
SA - 1933-1934

Matthäus Höck is one of all anomynous SS-Officers who got MIA in the final months of the war. The last known whereabouts about him is as student at the Heeres Gasschutzschule in Bromberg.
What he did before he went to the SS-Junkerschule course in Prosetschnitz is unfortunately not record in his SSO Akt from the serie A3343. His name in his SS-File is spelled Mathias.

Source: Vermisstebildliste der DRK, A3343 SSO Höck, Mathias