He was born in Spandau on June 25, 1910 in a family with a strong military tradition. In 1929 he joined the Navy (Reichsmarine) of the Weimar Republic.
The most successful Legion Condor fighter in the Spanish Civil War with 14 victories. The ace of the Battle of France and Britain. The first fighter in the world to reach the limit of 100 victories. The First Fighter General became the first bearer of Diamonds with Swords and Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross of the German Wehrmacht.
Biographical data in brief.
Holder of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and Oak Leaves, the seventh most successful German submarine commander with 170,275 GRT.
A former veteran of the Italian army in the fighting with Abyssinia, he became a legend in the ranks of the SS-cavalry among the commanders of the strike forces during the fighting in besieged Budapest. At the same time, with 84 officially recognized days in close combat, it ranks first among German infantry fighters.