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Bernhard Dietsche
File:Bernhard Dietsche.jpg
Born (1912-02-03)February 3, 1912
Died 28 January 1975(1975-01-28) (aged 62)
Place of birth Singen, Germany
Place of death Kaiserslautern, Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1934–1945
Rank Obersturmbannführer
Unit SS-VT
7th SS Gebirgs Division Prinz Eugen
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Infantry Assault Badge in Bronze
Wound Badge in Gold
Sudetenland Medal with Prague castle bar

Bernhard Dietsche was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was awarded 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.

Early life

Bernhard Dietsche was born on the 3 March 1912 in Singen in the south of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. He volunteered to join the SS-VT (SS number 13.578) in 1934 and was then posted to the SS-Junkerschule in Bad Tölz as a lecturer in tactics, with the rank of Unterscharführer (Corporal). By 1936, he had been selected to become an officer and promoted to Standartenjunker (Officer Candidate). After graduation he was promoted to Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant) in 1937. He participated in the occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938 and the annexation of Bohemia and Moravia on the 15 March 1939.

World War II

During World War II he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd class during the Polish Campaign in October 1939 and the Iron Cross 1st class in June 1941, during Operation Barbarossa the invasion of the Soviet Union.

He was awarded the Knight's Cross while in command of the II.Battalion, 2nd SS Gebirgsjäger Regiment, 7th SS Gebirgs Division Prinz Eugen, which was fighting against the partisans in Croatia and Serbia. It was awarded for his personal bravery and leadership of the Battalion.

Post war

Bernhard Dietsche survived the war and died in Kaiserslautern on the 28 January 1975.


Further reading

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Grenzach-Wyhlen, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Samuel W (2007). Retreat to the Reich : the German defeat in France, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 978-0-8117-3384-7. 
  • Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8117-2905-2
  • Mitcham Samuel, The German Defeat in the East, 1944-45,Stackpole Books, 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3371-8