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Dietrich, Josef “Sepp”, born on 28-05-1892 in Hawangen, Bavaria, was a German SS General. He was one of Nazi Germany’s most decorated soldiers and commanded formations up to Army level during World War II. Prior to 1929 he was Adolf Hitler’s chauffeur and bodyguard but received rapid promotion after his participation in the murder of Hitler’s political opponents during the Night of the Long Knives. SA leader Ernst Julius Röhm and his adjutant Edmund Heines and August Schneidhuber and many more were murdered, as well Kurt von Schleicher, a former chancellor and General Werner Freiherr von Fritsch. Sepp Dietrich was the illegitimate son of Kreszentia Dietrich, who later married Pelagius Milz, a coachman, who became Dietrich’s stepfather. Before the war Dietrich worked as hotel boy, servant and coachman and butcher and still was an animal lover. In In 1911 he voluntarily joined the Bavarian Army with the 4. Bayerische Feldartillerie-Regiment “König” (4th Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment) in Augsburg. In the First World War, he served with the Bavarian Field artillery and he served with the artillery, as a paymaster sergeant and later in the first German tank troops. He was promoted Gefreiter in 1917 and awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class In 1918 he was promoted Unteroffizier. Last Bavarian army record lists Dietrich as recipient of Iron Cross 1st Class and Bavarian Military Merit Order 3rd Class with swords After the war, Dietrich served briefly in a Freikorps Oberland against the Bavarian Soviet Republic, May 1919. Thereafter, he migrated from one job to another, including waiter, butcher, policeman, foreman, farm labourer, beerhall brawler, petrol station attendant and customs office. Dietrich had been introduced to Nazism by Christian Weber.
After that Hitler told him to take six men and go to the Ministry of Justice to kill a number of Sturmabteilung (SA) eaders. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to SS-Obergruppenführer SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer_collar.svg . Dietrich’s role later earned him a nineteen-month sentence from a postwar court. When World War II began, Dietrich led the Leibstandarte during the German advance into Poland and later the Netherlands/Rotterdam After the Rotterdam bombardment, with 650 killed civilians and surrender, the Leibstandarte moved south to France on 24 May 1940 and led the Hitler Leibstandarte in attacks on Paris and Dunkirk.
Dietrich remained in command of the Leibstandarte throughout the campaigns in Greece and Yugoslavia before being promoted to command of the I.SS-