Hermann Prieß

Hermann Prieß

Hermann Prieß
Hermann Prieß
Born (1901-05-24)24 May 1901
Marnitz, Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Died 2 February 1985(1985-02-02) (aged 83)
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
Weimar Republic (to 1933)
Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Rank SS-Gruppenführer der Waffen-SS
Commands held 3rd SS Division Totenkopf
1st SS-Panzerkorps "Leibstandarte"
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords

Hermann Prieß (May 24, 1901 – February 2, 1985) was the commander of 3rd SS Division Totenkopf following the death of Theodor Eicke in February 1943. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords (German: Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern). The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves and Swords was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

He was promoted to SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS on April 20, 1944. On October 30, 1944 he became the commanding officer of the 1st SS-Panzerkorps Leibstandarte and led it during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Hermann Prieß was convicted of war crimes because of his involvement in the Malmedy massacre and was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. He was released in 1954.



  1. ^ According to Scherzer as commander of SS-Artillerie-Regiment "Totenkopf".[4]


  1. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 172.
  2. ^ Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 359.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, pp. 344, 500.
  4. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 604.
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 72.
  6. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 43.

External links

  • German Hermann Prieß website
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke
Commander of 3. SS-Division "Totenkopf"
February 26, 1943 – June 21, 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Brigadeführer Hellmuth Becker
Preceded by
Commander of XIII SS-Armeekorps
August 7, 1944 – October 24, 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Gruppenführer Max Simon
Preceded by
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler
Commander of I. SS-Panzer Corps
October 30, 1944 – May 8, 1945
Succeeded by