ϟϟ-Infanterie-Division „Reich“

SS-Hauptsturmführer Fritz Klingenberg
Fritz Klingenberg (December 17 1912 – March 25 1945) served with SS-Infanterie-Division Reich during the Invasion of Yugoslavia in March 1941. He was best known for his unorthodox and audacious capture of the Yugoslavian capital Belgrade for which he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. On the morning of April 12 1941, SS-Hauptsturmführer Fritz Klingenberg and members of his motorcycle assault company crossed the Danube river and approached the city with only six men. Receiving some reinforcements the Das Reich detachment unfurled a large swastika and raised it over the embassy to declare the capture of the city. Two hours later, the mayor of Belgrade arrived at the embassy and surrendered the city to Klingenberg. It was not until the next day that a sizeable German force arrived to secure the city. Source: Helmut Günther Hot Motors, Cold Feet. On December 21 1944, Fritz Klingenberg was promoted SS-Standartenführer and was ordered to take command of 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen southeast of Saarbrücken against the XV Corps of the U.S. Seventh Army. When resistance finally collapsed on March 22 1945, Klingenberg was among the casualties. He had died leading his division near Herxheim and is buried at the German War Cemetery in Andilly, France. Image: Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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