Gerhard Bremer
Co. 12th SS Aufkl. Abt.

July 25, 1917
October 29, 1989
1939 Iron Cross Second Class
1939 Iron Cross First Class
German Cross in Gold
Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross (October 30, 1941)
Oakleaves (November 26, 1944)
Close Combat Clasp Silver Class
SS Honor Ring
SS Honor Sword

Iron Cross II: 1 October 1939
Iron Cross I: 5 June 1940
Knights Cross: 30 October 1941
Infantry Assault Badge Bronze: 12 May 1942
Eastern Front Medal: 21 September 1942
Close Combat Clasp Silver: 25 November 1943
German Cross in Gold: 30 August 1944
Oak Leaves: 26 November 1944
Commissioned Ranks:
Commissioned: 9 November 1938
SS-Obersturmführer: 1 September 1940
SS-Hauptsturmführer: 21 June 1942
SS-Sturmbannführer: 30 January 1944
Date of Death:
29 October 1989

Biography Information:
Bremer was born in Dusterntal in 1917. In 1936 he joined the SS-Verfugungstruppe and was posted to the SS-Standarte "Germaina". Bremer then attended the SS-Junkerschule in Bad Tolz. After his training he was posted the "Leibstandarte". He was involved in combat in the Polish and French Campaigns. He commanded the Kradschutzen Company of the "Leibstandarte" on the Russian Front, where he won the Knight's Cross. In 1943 he was transferred to the 12th Ss panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" and saw action against the Western Allies. He took part in the Ardennes Offensive with "Hitlerjugend" in 1944. He surrendered with his Division to the Americans in 1945.
Gerhard Bremer was born on 25 July 1917 in Düsternthal Germany. He was awarded the Iron Cross II on 1 October 1939, and the EK I on 7 June 1940. He was awarded the Knights Cross on 30 October 1941 in command of I.Kompanie; SS Aufklärungsabeitlung 1. For most of the war his direct supperior was Kurt Meyer. German Cross in Gold on 30 August 1944. On 25 November 1944 Gerhard Bremer became the 668th man to be honored with the high award of Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross.

Following the war, Gerd Bremer was imprisoned by the French for war crimes. He was released in 1948, went to Spain and built/managed a bungalow park for vacationers in Denia-las Rotas. He died on 29 October 1989.

Stab der Division
SS-Kartenstelle (mot) 12
Sicherungs-Kompanie (term used for less than three weeks)/SS-Division-Begleit-Kompanie (mot)
(formed at Turnhout in Belgium on 1 November 1943)
SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 25 (until 22 October 1943: SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 1 d. 12. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division. Formed at Beverlo between 20 July and 5 November 1943 with the exception of the Staff Company, which was formed on 1 January 1944. This was a motorized (motorisiert) regiment. Its Ist Battalion provided SS-Kampfgruppe "Waldmüller for a time. Note: SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Waldmüller commanded this battalion and Battle Group for a time and was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross as an SS-Sturmbannführer on 31 August 1944. He was killed near Basse-Bodeux by Belgium guerrillas on 8 September 1944.
SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 26 (until 22 October 1943: SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 2 d. 12. SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division. Formed at Beverlo between 20 July and 4 October 1943. This was partly armored (teilgepanzert) regiment in that one of its battalions was armored (gepanzert).)
SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 (formed at Mailly-le-Camp on 3 November 1943, with its Panther Werkstattzug (workshop platoon) being formed at Beverlo on 25 January 1944. The Regiment's original Ist and IInd battalions were intended to have had Mark V ("Panther") and Mark IV tanks respectively. Later, the remnants of both battalions were brought together to form a new Ist Battalion with both Mark IV and V tanks. In 1945, the Army's s.Pz.Jg.Abt. 560 substituted for the new IInd Battalion, which was being formed at Fallingbostel.)
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 12 (although intended for the Division since June 1943, it appears to have never been completed)
SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 12 (shown in the Division's proposed order-of-battle of June 1943. It existed form time to time)
SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 12 (elements were formed at Mol, Tetie and Beneschau on 5 September and 13 November 1943)
SS-Flak-Abteilung 12 (formed in the autumn of 1943)
SS-Werfer-Abteilung 12 (formed in March 1944)
SS-Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 12 (formed in the autumn of 1943)
SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 12 (formed at Turnhout between 4 September and 1 December 1944)
SS-Pioneer-Battalion 12/SS-Panzer-Pioneer-Battalion 12 (formed in the autumn of 1943 and renamed in September 1944)
SS-Divisionsnachschubtruppen 12
1. - 4. SS-Kraftfahr-Kompanie
5., 6. U. 7. Gr. SS-Kw.Kol.
SS-Waffenm. Werkst.-Kompanie
SS-Panzer-Instandsetzungs-Abteilung 12 (formed at Turnhout on 1 November 1943 and 1 January 1944) SS-Wirtschafts-Battalion 12/SS-Verwaltungstruppen-Abteilung 12 (formed at Beverlo on 20 July 1943 and renamed on 15 August 1944)
Bäck.-Kompanie (formed on 3 July 1943)
Schlächt(erei)-Kompanie (formed on 3 July 1943)
Verpfl.-Abteilung (formed on 20 July 1943)
SS-Sanitäts-Abteilung 12 (formed on 5 September 1943)
1. SS-Sanitäts-Kompanie 12 (formed on 5 September 1943)
2. SS-Sanitäts-Kompanie 12 (formed on 26 October 1943)
SS-Feldlazarett 12 (existed for a period)
1. und 3. SS-Kr.Kw.-Züge/SS-Kr.Kw. Kompanie (an SS-Kr.Kw -Zug was formed on 18 January 1944)
SS-Tr.Eg.-Zug (formed on 18 January 1944)
SS-Feldpostamt (mot) 12 (formed at Weimar on 10 September 1943 and part of SS-Wirtschafts-Battalion 12)
SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug (mot)
12 SS-Feldgendarmerie-Kompanie/Trupp 12 (formed on 1 November 1943)
SS-Feldersatz-Battalion 12 (formed in April 1944)
SS-Feldersatz-Einheiten 12 (formed in April 1945)
Waffengruppe Panzer
Waffengruppe Artillerie