Important typed D.S., 6pp. large 4to., [n.p.], Dec. 27, 1943 in which regiment commander SS-Sturmbannfuhrer JOACHIM PEIPER is recommended for the award of Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross, his first Knights Cross awarded to him on March 9, 1943. This recommendation is signed on the first page by THEODOR WISCH (1907-1995), Commander of the SS Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler and himself a recipient of the Knight''s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. This recommendation, or "voschlag", documents events commencing on Dec. 4, 1943 which would earn Peiper his award. In part: "....Battlegroup Peiper...had the mission to move around the enemy-occupied Tschernjakoff by a night march...and later without taking account of threats of the flanks to gain ground in the direction of Radomyschl. After the battlegroup had taken Sseljantschschina...the enemy had fixed himself in well built field positions to the west of Pekartschina...SS Sturmbannführer Peiper took personal command of the armored battalion...and executed with unheard off daring a night attack on this place, destroying the totally surprised enemy in his positions in and in front off the village ,firing the weapons and the flamethrowers from the APC''s....the Panzer group could only Tschaikowka.This place was fortified by the Russians with field positions and hastily brought forward PAK''s...Towards 1900 the Panzer group stood already to the rear of the enemy,overcame the resistance of a few PAK''s and advanced ten kilometers to the east.The Battle group was then turned to the north on the orders of the division, took Chudory and moved then to the north to strongly fortified Sabolot. After house to house fighting SS Sturmbannführer Peiper had the place in his hands towards 1000...again operating in the rear of the enemy, SS Sturmbannführer Peiper had made a breach in the deep enemy defense system composed of strongpoints and prevented the building of an operational bridgehead over the Teterew...the SS Panzerregiment took or captured...100 tanks T 34, 11 guns, 124 PAK 7.62 cm, 24 anti-tankguns..." Very good. JOACHIM PEIPER (1915-1976) was a Waffen-SS officer and also personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler. He fought on both fronts, and was awarded the Knight''s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Peiper was convicted of war crimes committed in Belgium and imprisoned for almost 12 years. He was murdered in France in July 1976.

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