|SS-Sturmbannführer von Hadeln|
ϟϟ-Sturmbannführer der Waffen-SS von Hadeln
In the Caucasus and during the long and difficult fighting withdrawal, the European volunteers of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking had lost three battle-proven commanders with promising futures. The young commanders of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Westland, SS-Obersturmführer Harry Polewacz, SS-Sturmbannführer Dr. Hans Joachim Hajo von Hadeln, who were killed the same day at the same location and SS-Sturmbannführer Steinert. All three had established their battalions and stamped them with their personalities. Hajo von Hadeln was born in 1910 and graduated at SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz in 1935. He was one of the first to receive the Deutsche Kreuz in Gold in the Wiking 1941. Source: SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Hack: Der Panzerdivision Wiking im Bild. Image: Commons: Bundesarchiv.