|File:HANS Traupe 4SS.jpg|
|Born||May 4, 1913|
|Died||26 June 2004(aged 91)|
|Place of birth||Kunern, Germany|
|Place of death||Einbeck, Germany|
|Years of service||1936–1945|
|Rank||Obersturmbannführer and Oberstleutnant of Schutzpolizei|
4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division|
10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Eastern Front Medal 1941/42
Close Combat Clasp in Bronze
Wound Badge in Black
Infantry Assault Badge
Hans Traupe (4 May 1913 – 26 June 2004) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) and Oberstleutnant of Schutzpolizei in the Waffen SS during World War II, who 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[edit | edit source]
Hans Traupe was born in Kunern on 4 May 1913. From 1919 to 1924 he attended elementary school, and then worked in the family business in Volksen until April 1934, when he joined the Army. He served in the 71st Infantry Regiment of the Reichswehr and was stationed in Göttingen.
After completing his military service, Traupe volunteered to join the SS-VT in 1936 (SS service number 121,951). He was selected to become an officer and was posted to the SS-Junkerschule at Bad Tölz from 1936 to 1937. Following graduation, he was promoted to Untersturmführer (Second Lieutenant). In May 1937 he was also made a Leutnant of Schutzpolizei and sent to Berlin to serve with the Polizeigruppe Nord.
World War II[edit | edit source]
During World War II, Traupe was attached to the 4th SS Polizei Division and served in the Battle of France, during which he was awarded the Iron Cross (2nd class). He was next involved in Operation Barbarossa (the invasion of the Soviet Union). In September 1941, he was awarded the Iron Cross (1st class). He was promoted to Hauptsturmführer (Captain) and Hauptmann of Schutzpolizei in September 1942.
Traupe was awarded the Knight's Cross for his command performance in January 1944, when the Soviet troops had broken the German lines at Leningrad and threatened to encircle the 18th Army. Traupe and his battalion defended the Libunici sector and the German forces were able to pull back to a new position. As well as being awarded the Knight's Cross, he was promoted to Sturmbannführer (Major) and Major of Schutzpolizei. He was given command of the III. Battalion, 1st SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Regiment.
Traupe received his final promotion of the war in July 1944 to Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) and Oberstleutnant of Schutzpolizei and then led what was left of the 4th SS Polizei Division back to the Kurmark training area. In August 1944 he was selected to attend a regimental commanders and armoured vehicle training course at Fallingbostel. After he completed the training course, he was posted to the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg and given command of the 22nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment.
Commands[edit | edit source]
- 7th Company, 7th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 4th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Division
- III.Battalion, 7th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Regiment
- 7th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Regiment
- 22nd SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment, 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg 
Postwar life[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
- Williamson Gordon, German Military Police Units 1939-45, Osprey Publishing, 1989. ISBN 0-85045-902-8
- Huseman, Friedrich. In Good Faith: The History of 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division: Volume 1, 1939-1943. J.J. Fedorowicz, 2003 ISBN 0-921991-74-6
- Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 0-8117-3384-X
- Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8117-2905-2