Waffen SS Brigadefuhrer Fritz Freitag
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Original WW2 Waffen SS postcard of “Brigadefuhrer Fritz Freitag” who was in the 14th Waffen SS Grenadier Division. 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.
Fritz Freitag (28 April 1894 in Allenstein – 10 May 1945 in Graz) was a Brigadeführer in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was the commander of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division Galicia and awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. He committed suicide at the end of the war in May 1945.
By the time of World War II, Freitag had been promoted to Oberstleutnant in the Polizei. During the Polish Campaign he was the Chief of Operations of the 3rd Police Regiment and the Chief of Staff to the senior police commander in the 14th Army.
In September 1940, Freitag joined the Waffen SS and was posted onto the staff of Heinrich Himmler. He was then posted to the 1 SS Infantry Brigade as the chief of staff and served on the Eastern Front on Anti partisan operations and assisting the Einsatzgruppen in rounding up the Jewish population in the occupied territories.
Freitag was given his first Regimental command in December 1941, when he took over command of the 2nd SS Polizei Infantry Regiment still serving on the Eastern Front. He was promoted to Standartenführer for his performance in command of a kampfgruppe during the fighting in the Volchow pocket.
In January 1943, he was given temporary command of the 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer being replaced when becoming ill.
When he recovered he was given command of the 2 SS Infantry Brigade in April to August 1943. From 18 August 1943 till 20 October 1943 he was commander of 4th SS Polizei Division of Waffen SS and then he was given command of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Galicia (1st Ukrainian). He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross in September 1944.
Fritz Freitag committed suicide on 10 May 1945.
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