Late war - includes SS-Obersturmbannführer Jochen Peiper & one Panther G (Late) tank.
SS-Obersturmbannführer Jochen Peiper (GE896)
includes SS-Obersturmbannführer Jochen Peiper & one Panther G (Late) tank.
Jochen Peiper joined the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH, Hitler’s personal bodyguard) in 1936 and quickly rose through the ranks to become an adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the Waffen-SS, in 1938.
In 1940, Peiper was given leave to command an infantry company in France. After returning to Himmler’s staff in June, he left once again to command his company during Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union, where he earned a reputation as an aggressive combat leader.
When LSSAH was reformed as a panzergrenadier division in 1942, Peiper was given command of a battalion of armoured infantry. Peiper’s men went into action at Kharkov, where under his aggressive leadership, they rescued an encircled infantry division. For his actions, he was promoted to SS-Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) and given command of the 1. SS-Panzerregiment (1st SS-Panzer Regiment).
In December 1944, Peiper led his regiment during the Ardennes Offensive. His aggressive command made him an ideal candidate to spearhead the assault of LSSAH. During his drive to the Meuse, Peiper never lost sight of the objective, and when a problem asserted itself he lost no time in coming up with a solution. When he could go no further, Peiper put the welfare of his men ahead of victory and led them to safety during a harrowing escape on foot through snow and ice.
However, for all of his achievements, his reputation was forever marred by the incidents surrounding the Malmédy Massacre. After the war, Peiper was brought up on charges of war crimes he committed in Russia, Italy, and Belgium. Although found guilty, his death sentence was commuted to an 11-year imprisonment term. On release, he then moved to France where he was killed by French communists after a gunfight at his home in 1976.
Panther designed by Evan Allen
Stowage designed by James Brown
Figure designed & painted by James Brown
Panther painted by Blake Coster