Sylvester Stadler

Sylvester Stadler

SS-Sturmbannführer Sylvester Stadler
Nickname(s) Vestl
Born (1910-12-30)30 December 1910
Fohnsdorf, Duchy of Styria, Austria-Hungary
Died 23 August 1995(1995-08-23) (aged 84)
Augsburg-Haunstetten, Bavaria, Germany
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Waffen-SS
Years of service 1935–45
Rank SS-Brigadeführer and Generalmajor of the Waffen-SS
Service number NSDAP #4,159,018
SS #139,495[1]
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Sylvester Stadler (30 December 1910 – 23 August 1995) was an officer of the Waffen-SS (member of the SS since 1933), a commander of the 2nd SS Division Das Reich, SS Division Hohenstaufen and a recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.

While Stadler was commander of the Panzer-Grenadier regiment Der Führer, part of the SS Division Das Reich, a subordinate unit under his command committed the Oradour-sur-Glane massacre. On 10 June 1944, part of Der Führer regiment, led by SS-Sturmbannführer Adolf Diekmann, killed 642 inhabitants of Oradour-sur-Glane. Stadler ordered a court martial for Diekmann; the latter was killed in action before he could face trial.

On 10 July 1944, Stadler was appointed commander of SS Division Hohenstaufen; it fought in Poland, France, at the Eastern Front, in Normandy, at the Falaise pocket, at Arnhem ("Operation Market Garden"), in the Ardennes offensive and in Hungary. He surrendered his division to the U.S Army in Austria in May 1945.





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Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller
Commander of 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen
10 July 1944 – 31 July 1944
Succeeded by
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock
Preceded by
SS-Oberführer Walter Harzer
Commander of 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen
10 October 1944 – 8 May 1945
Succeeded by
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