Note: That Demelhuber is wearing a Finnish Cross of Liberty.
und General der Waffen-SS
RANK: SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS
DATE: 16th May 1945
D.O.B: 27 May 1896
PLACE OF BIRTH: Freising, Oberbayern
DIED: 18 March 1988
PLACE OF DEATH: Seeshaupt, Bayern
RELIGION: "gottgläubig" ("believer in God")
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
WEIGHT: 10st 7lbs
HAIR COLOUR: Turning Grey
EYE COLOUR: Brown
NEXT OF KIN: Karl/Maria Demelhuber (American Zone)
Nicknamed "Tosca" after his favourite cologne, Demelhuber was the last living officer to hold the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer when he died in 1988. In The SS: Alibi of a Nation, 1922-1945, Gerald Reitlinger commented: "[General der Kavallerie Siegfried] Westphal writes contemptuously that in the Regular Army Demelhuber had been a horse groom." Obviously an exaggerated assessment, it nonetheless reflected the attitude many Regular Army officers felt towards their less classically military trained counterparts in the Waffen-SS.
NSDAP-Number: (Joined 20
February 1922 with NSDAP-Number 4 439; left after Munich Putsch and did
SS-Number: 252 392 (Joined 15 March 1935)
Demelhuber, then an SS-Oberführer and commander of SS-Regiment Germania,"
consulting with his divisional commander, then SS-Obergruppenführer Paul Hausser, during the campaign in France, 1940
Photo shows the senior German military occupation authorities in the Netherlands attending a ceremony at Grebbeberg in 1943.