Waffen SS Hans Traupe Knights Cross
Waffen SS Hans Traupe Knights Cross

Obersturmbannführer Hans Traupe

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Original WW2 Waffen SS postcard of “Obersturmbannfuhrer Hans Traupe” who was in the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg. Approx. size is 5 and 1/2 inches high by 3 and 1/2 inches across. The photo is by Hoffmann, Munich. Condition is very good.

During World War II, Hans 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.