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Otto Meyer (SS officer)

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Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Battles/wars  World War II
Role  SS officer
Service/branch  Waffen-SS
Years of service  1934–44
Name  Otto Meyer
Battles and wars  World War II
Rank  Obersturmbannfuhrer
Otto Meyer (SS officer)
Awards  Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Iron Cross 1st Class Iron Cross 2nd Class German Cross in Gold
Died  August 28, 1944, Duclair, France
Unit  9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen
Similar People  George Stevens, Frank Ross, Joseph Walker, Gregory Ratoff, Rouben Mamoulian

Otto Meyer (23 December 1912 – 24 August 1944) was an Obersturmbannfuhrer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

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Career

Meyer volunteered for service in the SS in 1934 and was selected to become an officer in 1936 and posted to the SS-Junkerschule Bad Tolz, upon graduation he was promoted to Untersturmfuhrer (first lieutenant) and posted to the SS Deutschland Regiment. As a company commander he served in the Polish Campaign, the Battle of France, Operation Marita in the Balkans and the invasion of Russia Operation Barbarossa.

On 9 November 1941 he was promoted to Sturmbannfuhrer (major) and in January 1942 awarded the German Cross in Gold for personal bravery. At the beginning of 1943 he was transferred to the 9th SS Panzer Grenadier Division in France and promoted to Obersturmbannfuhrer (lieutenant colonel).

In January 1944 he was given command of the 9th SS Panzer Regiment and for his leadership during the battle for Tarnopol awarded the Knight's Cross. In June 1944 the division served in Normandy where he distinguished both himself and his regiment by destroying over 300 allied tanks. After escaping from the cauldron of Falaise (Falaise Pocket), he was killed crossing the River Seine on 28 August 1944. In September 1944 he was awarded a Posthumous award of the Oakleaves to the Knight's Cross.

Awards

  • Iron Cross (1939)
  • 2nd Class (29 May 1940)
  • 1st Class (8 August 1940)
  • German Cross in Gold on 14 January 1942 as SS-Sturmbannfuhrer in SS-Regiment "Deutschland"
  • Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
  • Knight's Cross on 4 June 1944 as SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer and commander of SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 "Hohenstaufen"
  • 601st Oak Leaves on 30 September 1944 as SS-Obersturmbannfuhrer and commander of SS-Panzer-Regiment 9 "Hohenstaufen"
  • References

    Otto Meyer (SS officer) Wikipedia


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