Karl Ullrich

Karl Ullrich

Karl Ullrich
Born (1910-12-01)1 December 1910
Sarreguemines, Alsace-Lorraine
Died 8 May 1996(1996-05-08) (aged 85)
Bad Reichenhall, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Oberführer (Senior Colonel)
Battles/wars World War II

Karl Ullrich (1 December 1910 – 8 May 1996) was an Oberführer (Senior Colonel) in the Waffen-SS, who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II.

Early life

Ullrich was born in Sarreguemines in 1910, joined Infanterie-Regiment 19 after having graduated from university. He went from there to the SS-Verfügungstruppe (later the Waffen-SS).[1] Ullrich was an engineering graduate when he joined the SS Engineer Battalion of the SS-VT 1934. He was commissioned as an officer within a year and posted to command the 3rd Company, SS Pionier Battalion, SS-Verfügungstruppe.

World War II

He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class for bravery during the Battle of France, then transferred to the Totenkopf on the Eastern Front in 1941. He was awarded the Knight's Cross for his leadership and bravery during the battles of the Demyansk pocket in February 1942 and in October 1944 was given command of the 6th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Theodor Eicke and was awarded the Oakleaves while in command. Promoted to Standartenführer (Colonel) he was given command of the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking for the final battles of the war in Hungary. A short time before the end of the war he was promoted to Oberführer and he surrendered to the Russians in May 1945.[2][3]



  1. ^ Like a Cliff in the Ocean, Karl Ullrich, 2002, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, ISBN 0-921991-69-X
  2. ^ The Waffen-SS at War By Tim Ripley, P80
  3. ^ "frontkjemper". 
  4. ^ a b Thomas 1998, p. 396.
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp
Commander of 5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking
9 October 1944 – 5 May 1945
Succeeded by