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About Herbert Otto Gille
Herbert Otto Gille (1897-1966) was a German general in the Waffen SS during World War Two. As commander of the Wiking Division on the Eastern front, he achieved victories in the face of overwhelming Soviet forces.
Herbert Otto Gille, 1897-1966
Gille was the most highly decorated Waffen SS member in World War II, and ultimately earned the Knight’s Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds, and the German Cross in Gold. Before the end of the war he achieved the rank of SS-Obergruppenfuhrer und General der Waffen SS, the highest achievable rank below Reichsfuhrer-SS (until the creation of SS-Oberstgruppenfuhrer in 1944).
During World War II, he was an extremely successful commander, leading the Wiking Division on the eastern front against overwhelming Soviet forces until the fall of Berlin in 1945.
Though he joined the Nazi Party and the SS in 1931, he was widely considered by his peers and subordinates to be a-political, and was often referred to as nur-Soldat (only a soldier). A popular story about Gille has him threatening a political indoctrination officer with a disrobing squad, saying a brownshirt has no place in an artillery regiment.
See the wikipedia article on Gille.
Read about Gille’s battles in Knight’s Cross With Diamonds Recipients: 1941-45 By Gordon Williamson, Ramiro Bujeiro
Before the Second World War
Gille was born in Gandersheim (upper central Germany) in 1897 to a factory owner. He attended cadet school and became an Ensign at the age of 17. During the First World War he served as a Leutnaut in an artillery unit, and exited the war as a decorated officer, earning both the Iron Cross First and Second class. After the war he had an unsuccessful civilian career in agriculture and insurance sales. During this time he became a member of the Stahlhelm, a paramilitary veterans organization formed in December 1918. In the early 1930s he joined the NSDAP and Himmler’s SS organization.
See this AxisHistory post for uncited information (in French) on his early years. Also, reported text from his diaries that talks about his exit from WWI.
An article in German with a short biography.
His tenure with Himmler’s nascent police forces was rocky, and he was fired twice before finding his place in the military wing. Gille “… was judged by his superior officer [in the SS] Jeckeln as ‘unsuitable for a leading role in the higher echelons’.”
Read about his beginnings in the Waffen SS at Heinrich Himmler: A Life – Peter Longerich – Google Books.
After World War II
After the war, Gille spent 18 months in military captivity. In later life, he opened a bookshop and published a newsletter for veterans of the Wiking Division. He died of a heart attack in 1966.
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