* 25.07.1917 Düsternthal/Niedersachsen
+ 29.10.1989 St. Michael/Österreich
Awarded Knights Cross: 30.10.1941
as: Obersturmführer Führer 1.(KradSchtz)/AufklAbt "LSSAH"
Gerhard Bremer would receive the Knight’s Cross for his distinguished performance during the latter stages of Operation Barbarossa while serving as a Kompanie commander in the LSSAH’s Aufklärungs-Abteilung. Following the sealing and destruction of a Russian pocket in southern Ukraine, the LSSAH began to pursue the Soviets eastwards along the coast of the sea of Azov with Bremer’s Abteilung in the lead. As with other pursuit operations, it was a race to see how far the Germans could go while the Russians were still disorganized.
Bremer’s Kompanie first secured the village of Fredowka on the 05.10.1941. Then his Kompanie charged a bridge that was full of retreating Russians, which engineers promptly blew while their men were still on it. Despite this Bremer was able to find a crossing point over the river less than an hour later. His Kompanie continued the dash, seizing multiple villages and even capturing the staff of the Soviet 9th Army on the 06.10.1941. As the Division drew closer to Berdjansk, Bremer’s Kompanie intercepted a Russian column of 2,000 men and scattered it, while capturing 500 men in the process. Finally, Bremer’s company led the way into Mariupol on the 08.10.1941, which was secured a few days later.
It can be assumed that this approximately five-day dash (03.-08.10.1941) was the main justification for Bremer’s award of the Knight’s Cross.
Awarded Oakleaves as the 668th Recipient : 26.11.1944 as Sturmbannführer
Kommandeur SS-PzAufklAbt 12 "Hitler Jugend"
Bremer’s Oakleaves’ recommendation reads as follows…
“During the first days of the Invasion the SS-Pz.Aufkl.Abt. 12 conducted a flank protection mission along the line Audrieu—Tilly sur Seulleswith great and far-reaching success. However the unit sustained heavy losses throughout both this operation and in the subsequent fighting around Caen (in which it served as a ready reserve). The understrength Abteilung was thus dispatched to the area around Rugles (10 km northeast of Laigle) on the 28.07.1944 to partially refit.
While in this area the commander of the Abteilung, SS-Sturmbannführer Bremer, received word from routing friendly troops about a thrust by strong enemy tank forces from the Laval area in the direction of Chartres. Upon hearing this he immediately dispatched all available forces to reconnoiter this enemy force. By doing this the higher commands learned of enemy transmissions that were sent in the clear. The hostile advance was consistently delayed by the reconnaissance patrols that remained in constant contact with the enemy.
After friendly blocking formations had occupied the line Laigle—Verneuil the Abteilung was ordered to move to the Evreux area by the Division on the 15.08.1944 so as to resume an accelerated refitting. As a result of independently dispatched reconnaissance at the line Dreux—Houdan—Mantes the Abteilung spotted a northward thrust by enemy armoured forces along both sides of the Eure river at a relatively early time. The available weak forces, together with the support of Kampfgruppe Wahl, subsequently occupied a blocking line at the Eure river. The tireless and skillfully executed reconnaissance brought about a clear understanding of the enemy situation and significantly delayed their forward advance.
These measures were taken by SS-Sturmbannführer Bremer on his own initiative and in an unclear situation. They decisively contributed to the prevention of the enemy’s intent to cut off major friendly forces while they were still withdrawing on the western side of the Seine. He and his weak forces tied down much larger enemy forces, delayed their advance and inflicted significant losses. He personally applied himself to the combat on a continual basis in a ruthless and exemplary fashion.
I hold Bremer as worthy of being awarded the Oakleaves to the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on account of his unconditional readiness for duty and the bravery that he has repeatedly demonstrated while in difficult situations.”
Postwar photo measuring 5” x 7” signed in the lower area below his decorations. NOT AN EASY AUTOGRAPH TO FIND
Gerhard Bremer (born July 25, 1917 in Düsterntal , part of Delligsen , district of Gandersheim , Germany , October 29, 1989 in Alicante , Spain )
From 1927 to 1933 Bremer attended the Gymnasium Alfeld and from Easter 1933 to Easter 1936 the NPEA Plön , where he took his Abitur in 1936. On October 1, 1936, he became a volunteer of the III. Battalions of the SS Germania headquarters in Wolterdingen (SS-member No. 310 405). In 1937 he visited the SS junior school in Bad Tolz , and in the autumn of 1938 he came to Berlin-Lichterfelde as SS Untersturmführer to the 10th Company of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler . With his company he took part in the occupation of the Sudetenland in 1938 and from then on all campaigns until the end of the Second World War.
World War II
During the attack on Poland from September 1, 1939, he was ordained as an adjutant in the staff of the III. Battalions before Warsaw the Iron Cross II class and in Flanders in 1940 the Iron Cross 1st class.
Bremer also took part in the attack on Yugoslavia and Greece (1941) and was subsequently transferred to the Enlightenment Division of the Leibstandarte. With the attack on the Soviet Union (June 22, 1941), he was deployed in Southern Russia. On 30 October 1941 he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as an SS Obersturmführer and leader of the 1st (Kradschützen) Company on the 30th of October, 1941, when the Mariupol, which was strongly defended by the Soviet Army , was taken on the shore of the Azov Sea .
Until April 1943 Bremer led the Kradschützen company, was then promoted to the SS-Hauptsturmführer and took over from June 1943 the guidance of the III. Battalions of the SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 26 of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" . With the date of April 1944, he was appointed commander of the SS Panzer Reconnaissance Division 12 in Belgium, successor to Erich Olboeter. In the course of the Allied invasion (June 1944) in Caen , he took the flank protection on the left side of the division. There he fought the opposing troops fanatical resistance. According to reports, Bremer was involved in war crimes in this connection, in particular the execution of Canadian prisoners of war at Putot-en-Bessin. Then he broke with the remnants of his division from the cauldron of Falaise , and followed the general retreat of the defenses behind the Seine to the Meuse. There he set up a position in the Namur area, whereby he could hold a wide section of the 5th Panzer Army's retreat against American troops of General George S. Patton . For this Bremer received the 668th Eichenlaub to the Ritterkreuz.
After the rehabilitation of the division in Westphalia, Bremer took part in the Ardennes offensive in the winter of 1944-1945 and, after its failure, was deployed in Hungary from February 1945 onwards. At the end of the war, he found himself with the remains of his unit in the St. Pölten area , and surrendered to the Soviet forces.
In French war prison, he was released in July 1948 and emigrated in 1954 with his wife Almut to Denia , Spain. As a construction contractor and real estate administrator, he built a bungalow settlement, which after his death was passed on by his son Gerd and his wife. In this settlement mainly Germans settle down (as a holiday or a permanent residence). The city itself was at this time the point of contact for many high SS officers and war criminals. Thus, Otto Skorzeny , Johannes Bernhardt (NSDAP-AO), Anton Galler, Otto Ernst Remer, and the long-sought-for SS doctor Aribert Heim lived here .
Gerhard Bremer died on 29 October 1989 at the age of 72 in Alicante, Spain.
Postwar signed photo measuring 4" x 6"
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