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EMIL  SEIBOLD  (4096-1995)
Hauptscharführer, Waffen SS

 

SEIBOLD joined the Waffen SS on 10 April 1940 and was first posted to the SS Totenkopf Standarte, serving an infantryman.  He was transferred to the Das Reich Division attached to the 3rd Battery, Panzerjäger Battalion as a motorcyclist. He later commanded one of the battery's guns.
 

In March 1943, Das Reich had captured a large number of Russian T-34 tanks and formed a III. Battalion for the 2nd SS Panzer Regiment with them from the remnants of the Panzerjäger troops.  SEIBOLD was one of the men selected to command a T-34, and was later transferred to the 8th Company, 2nd SS Panzer Regiment.


SEIBOLD was the division's most successful tank commander with 65 tank kills to his credit by the end of the war.  He was awarded the Knight's Cross in May 1945.
                   

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