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Heinrich Springer

Heinrich Springer
Heinrich Springer
Born (1914-11-03)3 November 1914
Kiel, Kingdom of Prussia
Died 27 October 2007(2007-10-27) (aged 92)
Oelixdorf, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1933–1945
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Commands held 3rd Company, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler,
1st Company, Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Wound Badge in Gold

Heinrich Springer (November 3, 1914 – October 27, 2007) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. He went to the Gelehrtenschule in Meldorf. Springer trained as a civil engineer and an architect and also served as a Hitler Youth leader.[1] As a youth in the Weimar Republic he trained to be volunteered for the Waffen SS and attended the SS officers training school at Bad Tölz, after graduation he was posted to the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. He went on to command the 3rd company in 1941 with the rank of Obersturmführer (First Lieutenant). It was while in command of the 3rd company that he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. During the Battle of Rostov he seized a vital bridge over the River Don.[2] He later commanded the 1st Company LSSAH from June 1942 to February 1943 with the rank of Hauptsturmführer (Captain).[3]

Further information on Springer is sparse. After suffering multiple wounds he was awarded the Golden Wound Badge. He then spent some time at the OKW as the Waffen SS Liaison officer working with General Alfred Jodl. He was then posted to the headquarters of the Army Group B, under Field Marshal Walter Model, where he stayed during the Normandy Invasion and the Ardennes offensive. He was then the officer in charge of ordnance for Army Group Vistula. He then spent some time in captivity before being released and returning to his family.[4]

He died in Oelixdorf, Germany in 2007.


(last words in his autobiography, p. 170)
We are all children of the Creator - that is my belief. We have the mission to act in His Will, life-affirming and full of the joys of life. With the consciousness of our responsibility to God and His Creation we shall work until our last breath, until one day we tiredly lie down our head and close our eyes forever.

See also


  • Springer, Heinrich (1996). Stationen eines Lebens in Krieg und Frieden: Zeitgeschichtliches Zeugnis des SS-Sturmbannführers und Ritterkreuzträgers der Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler. DVG Deutsche Verlagsgesellschaft. ISBN 978-3-920722-40-5.

External links

  • Fritz Witt who holds his birthday present

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