This Convicted Criminal And Rapist Would Become The Nazis’ Most Perverted War Criminal

Oskar Dirlewanger was born in the German city of Wurzburg in 1895, and like so many men of his generation, he fought in the First World War. In 1913, Dirlewanger joined the Prussian Army and fought in the mud and blood of the trenches on the notoriously brutal Western Front. In fact, he saw action in both Belgium and France.

During this time, Dirlewanger clearly served with courage and distinction. Indeed, the German was wounded six times and won the Iron Cross – both first and second class. And by the end of the war, he had been promoted to lieutenant in command of a machine gun company on the Eastern Front.

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