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Franz Hack
File:Franz hack.jpg
Born 3 February 1915
Died 9 June 1997 (1997-06-10) (aged 82)
Place of birth Mannheim, Germany
Place of death Hamburg, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen SS
Years of service 1934–1945
Rank Obersturmbannführer
Unit 5th SS Panzer Grenadier Division Wiking
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross with Oakleaves
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
German Cross in Gold
Wound Badge in Black
Eastern Front Medal
Sudetenland Medal with Prague Bar
Close Combat Clasp in Gold

Franz Hack (3 February 1915 – 9 June 1997) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves and the Close Combat Clasp in Gold.

Hack was born in Mannheim, Germany on 3 February 1915. Upon joining the SS he was issued the service number 227 129, his first command was the 1st Company, Germania Regiment in 1938. He ended the war as the commander of the 10th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Westland, 5th SS Panzer Grenadier Division Wiking. Hack died in Hamburg, Germany in June 1997.

Commands[edit | edit source]

  • 4th Company, Germania
  • III.(gep.)/Battalion 9th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Germania
  • 5th SS Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion
  • 10th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Westland

Awards[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. The recommendation for Franz Hack's Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross was submitted to the Heerespersonalamt by the Division sometime between 16 and 19 April 1945 and approved by the commander of the IV. SS-Korps Herbert Otto Gille. Missing is the approval from the 6. Armee and Heeresgruppe Süd. There is no indication whether the recommendation was approved. The response from the Reichsführer-SS was prepared but missing is a date and signature. The existing card is not contemporary. There is no indication in the press that the award was presented. According to Fellgiebel Hack received the Oak Leaves from SS-Obergruppenführer and General of the SS Herbert-Otto Gille, commanding general IV. SS-Panzerkorps. The sequential number "844" and date of award were assigned by the Association of Knight's Cross Recipients (AKCR).[6]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomas 1997, p. 234.
  2. Patzwall and Scherzer 2001, p. 158.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Berger 2004, p. 130.
  4. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 209.
  5. Fellgiebel 2000, p. 102.
  6. Scherzer 2007, pp. 136, 137.
  • Berger, Florian (2004) (in German). Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold [Knight's Cross Bearers with the Close Combat Clasp in Gold]. Vienna, Austria: Selbstverlag Florian Berger. ISBN 978-3-9501307-3-7. 
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001) (in German). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2]. Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997) (in German). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K]. Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 

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