Meet SS-Obersturmbannführer Vinzenz Kaiser holder of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross awarded to recognize his battlefield bravery. Kaiser died on the night of April 19-20 1945 when he was beaten and shot in American captivity.
It was duringthe campaigns in Russia that Kaiser started to make a name for himself at the Jelnja Bend, in Kiev and in the Borodino, Mozhaisk position in front of Moscow.
He was in command of an independent Kampfgruppe during the defensive battles at Waluki, which held the Russians at bay until the rest of the Das Reich Division could gather its units to counterattack. It was soon after this that he received command of the SdKfz 4 (Armoured) III. Battalion of the Der Führer Regiment, which he led in the counterattacks on the Donetz and Dnjepr sectors, capturing the vital areas of Losowaja and Novaya Vodolaga in the conquest of Kharkov. It was noted that during these attacks Kaiser destroyed four Russian tanks by hand, being the only regimental commader in the Waffen-SS to do so at this time.
For these achievements he was promoted to Hauptsturmführer and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in April 1943.
In June 1944 Kaiser was promoted to Obersturmbannführer and transferred to the 17.SS Panzer Grenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen, he took part in the battles of Normandy and the retreat across the Rhine and back to Nürnberg.
2.SS Panzer Division Das Reich
16.SS Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS
17.SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen