ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS Bremer
Gerdhard Bremer (May 27 1917 – October 29 1989) from Saarbrücken joined the SS aged nineteen and was first assigned to SS-Standarte Germania. In 1937 Bremer was the commander of the SS officer school Bad Tölz and in 1938 he took command of the 10.Kompanie Leibstandarte SS. Bremer served in Infanterie-Regiment Leibstandarte SS in the Polish Campaign, the Battle of France and the Balkans. After the end of the Balkan campaign he was promoted SS-Obersturmführer and given command of the first motor cycle company of the Leibstandarte SS, the SS Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1. Bremer was awarded the Knight's Cross in the early days of Operation Barbarossa. The Kradschützen Company had earned this recognition. SS-Hauptsturmführer Gerd Bremer participated in battles for Kharkov and SS-Brigadeführer Kurt Meyer later wrote in Grenadiers: The company commander, Gerd Bremer, looked at me calmly. I could always see in his eyes that he would follow me to the ends of the earth. Nowhere did I see doubt or even the hint of being uncomfortable with was going on. As far as the eye could see the Soviets were stampeding in wild flight. Bremer rampaged like a loosed hunting dog, leading his company toward the densest throng. Our lightning speed had literally unnerved the Soviets. I followed Bremer and stormed through approaching Russians with my dispatch riders. Gerd Bremer stayed with the Leibstandarte SS until June 1943 when he was given the command of III.Battalion/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 26 (SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Hitlerjugend). Image: SS-Hauptsturmführer Gerd Bremer. Commons: Bundesarchiv.
Labels: C:II Knights in Kharkov 1943