Gille never seems to get mentioned?

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Gille never seems to get mentioned?

Post by Liam » Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:44 am

I understand that General Gille was the most decorated Waffen SS officer of WWII yet he seems to not get the sort of adulation that Peiper or Meyer recieve, despite several distinguished actions. Why is that one wonders? In fact, I can't recall even seeing a photograph of him - anybody got one?
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Post by Doktor Krollspell » Thu Apr 27, 2006 1:33 am

Here you go, Liam! And there's a short bio in the end of the link...

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http://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Per ... GilleH.htm

I agree with you that there's not much focus on Herbert-Otto Gille on the Internet and in Forums like this... That's rather strange when considering that he was a SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS and a Brilliantenträger! Not to mention a long time commander of one of the most famous SS Panzer Divisions...

Well, just start a thread! As you just have...


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Post by Helmut Von Moltke » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:50 am

Gille however is also mentioned in the repro militaria site http://www.thirdreich.ca, which produces some portraits of him. Also Gille is mentioned in a famous book, the memoirs of Leon Degrelle, whom Gille fought alongside with at Cherkassy.

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Post by Helmut Von Moltke » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:51 am

Gille however is also mentioned in the repro militaria site http://www.thirdreich.ca, which produces some portraits of him. Also Gille is mentioned in a famous book, the memoirs of Leon Degrelle, whom Gille fought alongside with at Cherkassy. Here is a scan of the portrait,

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:59 am

You might find a detailed Bio of Herbert Otto Gille in

"Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei" , Band 1

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Post by Liam » Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:13 am

Thanks all. He looks a surprisingly genial old chap for such a warrior!
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Post by Alex Dekker » Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:36 am

Thanks for the pic, Helmut. They do sell it as a repro sign, right?
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Post by krichter33 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:48 pm

You can also find a good bio on him in English in "Waffen-SS Commanders, The Army Corps and Divisional Leaders of a Legend, volume 1, Augsberger - Kreutz" by Mark Yerger.
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Post by Helmut Von Moltke » Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:40 am

yes, repro signature, fascimille or something like that. It costs around 15. US.

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Post by Alex Dekker » Fri Apr 28, 2006 4:27 am

I remember reading the story of a Dutch volunteer: he wrote Gille was called 'Daddy Gille' by his men. Popular guy, I'd say.

Thanks again Helmut. He didn't remember the pics were that cheap. Maybe I order one, to scare my family in law! @{
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Re: Gille never seems to get mentioned?

Post by tigre » Mon May 23, 2022 8:59 pm

Hello to all :D; a complement..........................................

SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Herbert Otto Gille.

German Cross in Gold on February 28, 1942 - Withdrawal to the Mius Line.
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds
Knight's Cross on October 8, 1942 - Rostow.
Oak Leaves on November 1, 1943 (315th award) - Withdrawal after Kursk.
Swords on February 20, 1944 (47th award) - Korsun.
Diamonds on April 19, 1944 (12th award) - Kowel.

Source: Der Freiwillige. 13. Jahrgang 1967. 12 Hefte Januar - Dezember 1967.

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