SS Standartenfuehrer Joachim Peiper, 1st SS Panzer Division, Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler
You see that BAMF up there gazing soulfully just slightly away from the camera? Dear reader, meet Joachim Peiper, one of the most well respected and highly decorated German officers in WWII. Unfortunately at this point in time Jochen cannot meet you, reader, as he was murdered in his own home in France in 1976, due to the Molotov cocktails some French communist guys threw at him.
Anyway, Jochen was born in Berlin on January 30th, 1915, and attended to his education at Goethe Oberrealschule, but didn’t have the grades to enter university and thus joined the Hitlerjungend (Hitler Youth). It was only after he gained the attention of Heinrich Himmler that he decided to pursue the position as an active senior SS Officer (he was an SS-Sturmmann at the time). Jochen was admitted into the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler (honour guard regiment) which later became a combat unit of the Waffen-SS.
He served as an adjutant for Heinrich Himmler’s team, where Himmler took a fondness to him and gave him the necessary encouragement and help to ascend into higher ranks. Jochen was promoted to Standartenfuehrer by the age of 29, the Waffen-SS’s youngest regimental colonel. He was a skilled and charismatic leader, and took part in many of WWII’s Panzer battles. During this time, he met his wife Sigurd Hinrichsen, with whom he had 3 kids, and married her. (Sorry guys, yes he was married)
A group of captured Jews were sent to him by the Italian government, and because he released them and set them free, a rabbi amongst the group used this incident in his testimony to Jochen’s kindness in the Nuremberg Trials. During said trial, Jochen offered to accept all the blame and punishment for himself on the condition the the court set his men free, which was denied. Found guilty, he and many of his men were sentenced to death by hanging, though many did not end up serving the punishment. He served 11 years in jail and solitary confinement, and was released in 1956, whereupon he left Germany and moved to France, working as a translator. He received multiple death threats and subsequently died due to a Molotov cocktail attack, as mentioned above.
As you can see, he’s full of attractiveness and BAMFness, so it’s really a shame he was a National Socialist who committed terrible war crimes. Doesn’t make him not
fetch good looking, though.
Here, have some photos of him:
(he looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt here.