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Martin Tappe
File:Martin Tappe 4ss.jpg
Born (1910-01-10)January 10, 1910
Died 19 April 1969(1969-04-19) (aged 59)
Place of birth Löhne, Germany
Place of death Wuppertal, Germany
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Obersturmbannführer and Oberstleutnant of Schutzpolizei
Unit 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Eastern Front Medal 1941/42

Martin Tappe (10 January 1910 — 19 April 1969) 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. Martin Tappe was born on the 10 January 1910, in Löhne Westfalen. He was awarded the Knights Cross in March 1945 while in command of the II.Battalion, 8th SS Polizei Panzer Grenadier Regiment (4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier Division) on the Eastern Front.

Tappe survived the war and died on the 19 April 1969 in Wuppertal.

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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
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