Oberscharführer SS Ludwig Köchle volunteered for the SS in 1938. By 1941, he had won the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class. He excelled in fighting near Demyansk when his platoon destroyed six enemy bunkers and MG positions using hand grenades. Köchle led the defense against repeated Russian attacks with success. For his actions he earned the Knight’s Cross. He was killed near Lake Ilmen from a direct artillery hit on June 9, 1942, aged 21.