SHARKHUNTERS Salutes Veterans

ALBERT  FREY  (4034-1994)
Standartenführer, Waffen SS


ALBERY FREY was a Standartenführer (Colonel) in the 1st SS Division (Leibstndarte SS Adolf Hitler).  He was born on 16 February 1913 in Heidelberg, the son of a master baker and in December 1933 he joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe.  In 1937 as an SS Oberscharführer (Staff Sergeant), he attended the SS Junker school at Brunswick where he came out in the top 12 on the course.

     In March 1938 he was promoted to an SS-Sturmführer (2nd Lieutenant) and posted as a platoon commander to the 1st SS Division LeibstandarteAdolf Hitler Regiment.  On 20 April 1939 he was promoted to SS-Obersturmführer (1st Lieutenant )and given command of the 9th company of the Leibstandarte for the Polish Campaign and the Battle of France.

   In November 1940 he took command of the 1st Company LSSAH which he commanded throughout the Balkans Campaign and after the start of Operation Barbarossa in July 1941 he was given command of the 3rd Battalion LSSAH.  With this battalion he had a decisive impact on the subsequent battle, capturing a bridge over the Mius north of Taganrog.  The bridge was then attacked by three Russian armored trains.  Despite severe losses all three armored trains were destroyed.  For this action Frey was awarded the Deutsches Kreuz in GoldFREY proved himself again in the fighting at Kharkov through his personal courage and leadership of his battalion.

   On April 20, 1942, he was promoted to SS-Sturmbannführer (Major) and in July 1942 he took over the 1st battalion of the newly established 1st SS Panzer-Grenadier Regiment LSSAHFor his achievements during the battle between the Donetz and the Dnepr at the beginning of 1943, he was awarded the Knights Cross and a short time later he was appointed commander of the 1st SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment.  He had a brief deployment in Italy where he convinced an Italian General it was better to surrender than fight.  He captured 10.000 prisoners.

   He quickly returned to the Eastern Front for the Battle of Kursk where he commanded a battle group consisting of his regiment, a Panther tank battalion, an assault gun Company and an artillery Battalion which fought in the Kiev region.  For this successful defence he received the Oak Leaf to the Knights Cross on 27 December 1944.
   In March 1944 he was given command of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and transferred to the area Kamenez - Podolsk.  In June 1944 the Division was in France for the Battle of Normandy, during which FREY was seriously wounded and had to give up command of the Division.

   Later in August 1944, he became a staff officer in the headquarters of the 6th SS Panzer Army.   At the end of the war he was a liaison officer to the Gauleiter for the Upper Danube.  He subsequently fled abroad so as to escape captivity.

ALBERT FREY and his wife Lotte died in the morning of September 1, 2003 in Heilbronn.  This was a murder/suicide.  He killed his wife then himself.