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Author Topic: SS-Obersturmfuhrer Hund  (Read 6142 times)
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« on: 9 September 2009, 19:58:33 »

The caption of this real photo postcard simply says "SS-Obersturmfuhrer HUND".   A quick google search reveals an SS-Obersturmfuhrer Willi Hund, who was one of the last to recieve the Knight's Cross in the SS.  It's unclear to me whether or not this is the same soldier.  (The wikipedia article has a picture but it's not necessarily the same person; this postcard has an eerie 'look' to it.)  Is it possible a postcard was made for this soldier before he won the Knight's Cross?  Is it possible that this postcard came out in the last month of the war? The medal isn't highlighted in this image so it seems doubtful.  Anyway, there may be two Obersturmfuhrers named Hund in the SS, too.  It's an effective image of this soldier.


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« Reply #1 on: 9 September 2009, 21:27:46 »

again...you bring us interesting stuff Alan...I'll have a Google search myself..

It's indeed a fact that medal 'winners' in the Reich became younger as the war proceeded...and he does seem to be in his early 20's...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willi_Hund :
23 March 1923 – 30 April 2002: in 1945 22 years old
Willi Hund was a Obersturmführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Obersturmführer Willi Hund was one of the last members of the German armed forces to be awarded the Knight's Cross on the 20 April 1945, when in command of a battle group consisting of, among other things the 6th and 7th Companys, 23rd SS Panzergrenader Regiment Norge in the defence of Berlin

7. Kompanie
Hans Georg Holter 6/1/43-12/12/43
Kristian Prytz 12/12/43-2/13/44 (KiA 2/13/44)
Clemens Dederichs 2/13/44-3/10/44 (KiA 3/10/44)
Otto von Bargen April-June 44
Willi Hund 6/15/44-5/2/45 (surrender date)

W-SS Honor Roll Clasp Recipients
SS-Obersturmfuhrer Willi Hund: 12.17.44

Another German, Willi Hund, was awarded the Knight's Cross on April 20 as the commander of the remnants of 6. and 7./Norge. He had already earned the Honor Roll Clasp on December 17, 1944 as 7./Norge commander. Hund also held the Wound Badge in Gold, and accumulated 64 close combat days by the end of the war, though he never received the Close Combat Clasp in Gold

Knight's Cross Holders of the Waffen-SS
SS-Obersturmführer Willi Hund (20 Apr 1945)
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