Sepp Dietrich Biography
Birthday: May 28, 1892 (Gemini)
Born In: Hawangen, Germany
Josef "Sepp" Dietrich was a member of the Nazi Party who served as a Schutzstaffel commander. He became a member of the Nazi Party in 1928 and was appointed to the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic in 1930. Before 1929, he served as Adolf Hitler's chauffeur and bodyguard. He quickly rose through the SS ranks following his involvement in extrajudicial executions of political opponents during the Night of the Long Knives in 1934. Dietrich never received any formal staff training. Despite this, he became, along with Paul Hausser, the highest-ranking officer in the paramilitary branch of the SS, known as Waffen-SS. After he was made Oberst-Gruppenführer, he led units up to army level in several battles of World War II. During his tenure as the commanding officer of the 6th Panzer Army, the Battle of the Bulge took place. In the subsequent Malmedy massacre, numerous US prisoners of war were killed in December 1944. Following the conclusion of the war, Dietrich was found guilty of war crimes at the Malmedy massacre trial. He was again convicted in West Germany for his role in the 1934 purge. When he was set free from the US prison, he began taking part in HIAG activities.