Friedrich Blond

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Military person

Friedrich "Friedel" Blond (29 April 1920 – 28 May 2009) was an Obersturmführer (first lieutenant) in the Waffen-SS during World War II.

Early life

Blond was born on 29 April 1920, in Braunau am Inn. His father was an Officer in the Austrian Army and the family moved to Vorarlberg where Friedrich grew up.
He volunteered for the SS-Standarte Deutschland after the Anschluss of Austria in 1938.

World War II

During World War II, Blond took part in the Polish Campaign, the Battle of France, Operation Marita the invasion of the Balkans and Operation Barbarossa the invasion of the Soviet Union.

He was selected to become an officer and was posted to the SS-Junkerschule at Posen-Treskau in the Summer of 1944. After Graduation he was promoted to Untersturmführer (second lieutenant) and given command of the 12th Company in the SS Training and Reserve Battalion Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, who were based in Hagen.

Berlin

Blond and his Battalion were moved to Berlin towards the end of the war, his company being reinforced with men from the Army and from the Luftwaffe Flak units. In April 1945, his company was attached to the 23 SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nederland. On 18 April, Blond was in command of 200 men who formed a defensive line slowly retreating towards the centre of Berlin. After several days of fighting, the company was reduced to thirty men.

On 28 April 1945, Blond was wounded for the fourth time in the war by bomb splinters and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross for his bravery in the Battle of Berlin, but did not receive the decoration as there were none available to issue.Template:Refn

Post war

Blond survived the war and became an officer in the Austrian Army and attained the rank of colonel.

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  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986] (in German). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches]. Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007) (in German). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives]. Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 

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