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Hermann Buchner
16 January 1917 – 17 November 1944 (aged 27)
Herman Buchner.jpg
Place of birth Nürnberg
Place of death Killed in action near Modlin, Poland
Allegiance Nazi Germany Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1933–1944
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Close Combat Clasp in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Infantry Assault Badge in Silver
Wound Badge in Gold
Eastern Front Medal
Demyansk Shield
War Merit Cross with Swords
Tank Destruction Badge in Silver [1]

Hermann Buchner was a Sturmbannführer (Major), in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II. He was also one of only 631 men awarded the very rare Close Combat Clasp in Gold. [2][1]


  • 9th Company, SS Totenkopf
  • III. Battalion, 5th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Totenkopf
  • II. Battalion, 5th SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment Totenkopf [1]


  • Kurowski Franz, Infantry Aces, Stackpole Books, 2005, ISBN 0811732029
  • Florian Berger (2004), Ritterkreuzträger mit Nahkampfspange in Gold, ISBN 3-9501307-3-X
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas, 2000. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Mitcham, Jr.Samuel, Retreat to the Reich, Stackpole books 2007. ISBN 081173384X
  • Henschler Henri & Fay Will, Armor Battles of the Waffen-SS, 1943-45 Stackpole Books, 2003. ISBN 0811729052


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