|SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich|
ϟϟ-Oberführer der Waffen-SS Ullrich
One of the most prominent figures of the Totenkopf Division, and a Knight's Cross recipient for actions around Demyansk, was Karl Ullrich, then an SS-Sturmbannführer and commander of the division´s engineer battalion. Ullrich was born in Saargemünd in 1910 and was an engineering graduate when he joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe 1934. He was awarded the Knight's Cross for his leadership and bravery during the battles of the Demyansk pocket in February 1942. In October 1944, Ullrich was given command of the SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 Theodor Eicke and was awarded the Oakleaves while in command. Promoted SS-Standartenführer he was given command of the 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking for the final battles of the war in Hungary. A short time before the end of World War II he was promoted SS-Oberführer. He later wrote the book: Like a Cliff in the Ocean: A History of the 3rd SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf. Karl Ullrich died on May 8 1996. Other Totenkopf men who received the Knight's Cross for their exploits in the Demyansk Pocket were: SS-Obersturmführer Hubert-Erwin Meierdress, SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Kleffner, SS-Oberscharführer Ernst Staudle, SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Eduard Eddi Deisenhofer, SS-Hauptsturmführer Georg Schorsch Bochman, SS-Oberscharführer Ludwig Kochle, SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Baum and SS-Hauptsturmführer Max Seela. Image: Knight's Cross Holder SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich. Commons: Bundesarchiv.