LOBMEYER Jacob NEW
* 12.10.1918 Lachen b. Neustadt
+ 17.04.1989 Neustadt / Weinstraße
Awarded Knights Cross: 28.04.1945
as: Hauptsturmführer : Kommandeur SS-JagdPzAbt 561
signed postwar photo measuring 2 3/4" x 5"
Born: 12.10.1918 in Lachen (Weinstraße)
Died: 17.04.1989 in Neistadt (Weinstraße)
SS Nr.: 286 598
SS-Ustuf: 09.11.1943; SS-Ostuf: 09.11.1944; SS-Hstuf: 1945
Hitler Jugend: 01.03.1933 - 15.11.1934
Arbeitsdienst: 01.10.1935 - 26.09.1936
SS-Junkerschule Tölz: 1938/39
Adj.Aufkl.Abt.505:01.08.1944 - 20.09.1944
SS-Pz.Jg.Schule: 20.09.1944 - 05.01.1945
SS-Pz.Jg. Ausb.u.Ers.Abt.3: 05.01.1945 - 25.02.1945
Chef., SS-Jagd.Pz.Kp.38/15.Waffen-Grenadier-Division: 25.02.1945
Decorations & Awards:
Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
Panzerkampfwagenabzeichen in Silber
Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42" (Ostmedaille)
Verwundetenabzeichen 1939 in Silber
Reichssportabzeichen in Bronze
Jakob Lobmeyer is in Krätschmer and in Fellgiebel as having been awarded the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes on 28.04.1945 as SS-Hauptsturmführer and Kdr.SS-Jagd.Pz.Abt.561, although Fellgiebel notes that this is un-confirmed. Scherzer points out that, while there is a valid approval for the award, ""Jedoch findet sich im Bundesarchiv darüber kein Nachweis" (there is no evidence whatsoever in the Federal Archives concerning this).
SS Jagdpanzer Abteilung 561 info is in Wilhelm Tieke's book (German)/ Das Ende Zwischen Oder und Elbe Der Kampf um Berlin 1945. A rather extensive amount of info on the unit descriptions of their actions and operations, as well as quotes from a manuscript prepared by JaKob Lobmeyer himself, describing the actions of the unit, as well as a few narations from other members ......included are equipment types, mostly Hetzers mentioned......this from a friend who owns the book.
Lobmeyer was given the command of the 15th SS Sturmgeschutze Batterie and went into action around Danzig at the end of 1944. Going into action near Frankfurt an der Oder, his unit finally merged with Ss Jagdpanzer Abteilung z.b.v. 562 and he was promoted to Hauptsturmfuhrer/ February 15, 1945 ? / under the direct command of Heeresgruppe Weichsel.
After a Soviet breakthrough on 18 February 45, the Hetzer's of Lobmeyer's command were tasked with the protection of the right flank/ near Güben, the Hetzers stalked and destroyed more than 30+ T-34's. assault troops destroyed 8 more. The tally for the day was 50 Soviet tanks, and more than 100 pak. On march 15 he was decorated the DK in Gold and the following day the close combat clasp in Bronze. After this the Hetzer Abteilung was held in reserve for defence of Berlin. South of Frankfurt on 16 April Lobmeyer now had his own battlegroup with around 2,000 men under the V SS Gebirgs Korps. 30 April 45 he was decorated with the KC.
Retreating the Hetzer unit met up with SS Schwere Abt. 502 near Halbe. 28 April, 45 Lobmeyer receives the Oakleaves to his KC.....but it was never presented.
1 May, 45 all Hetzers are destroyed by the Abteilung and it withdraws on foot and reaches the Elbe on 9 may, 45. They are captured by Soviet troops but somehow swim across the Elbe and break up into small groups walking home.
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