Karl Ullrich

Karl Ullrich (1 December 1910 – 8 May 1996) was the last commander of the SS Division Wiking in the Waffen-SS of Nazi Germany during World War II. After the war he authored an account of the SS Division Totenkopf.

Karl Ullrich
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Born(1910-12-01)1 December 1910
Died8 May 1996(1996-05-08) (aged 85)
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branchFlag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen-SS
Years of service1934–45
Service numberNSDAP #715,727
SS #31,438
UnitSS Division Totenkopf
Commands heldSS Division Wiking
Battles/warsWorld War II


Born in 1910, Ullrich joined the SS-Verfügungstruppe in 1934. He transferred to the SS Division Totenkopf on the Eastern Front in 1941.[citation needed] He was given command of the SS Division Wiking for the final battles of the war in Hungary. A short time before the end of the war he was promoted to Oberführer and he surrendered to the Americans in May 1945.[1]

After the war, Ullrich wrote the book Like a Cliff in the Ocean: A History of the 3. SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" in which he claimed that only a single member of the Totenkopf division ever committed a war crime.


  • Karl Ullrich (2002): Like a Cliff in the Ocean, J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing, ISBN 0-921991-69-X




  1. ^ The Waffen-SS at War By Tim Ripley, p 80
  2. ^ Thomas 1998, p. 396.
  3. ^ a b Scherzer 2007, p. 754.


  • Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). 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] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Military offices
Preceded by
SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp
Commander of 5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking
9 October 1944 – 5 May 1945
Succeeded by