This request shows Gerlach having his last promotion, that to Hauptsturmführer with effect from 9th November 1944 (anniversary of the Beer-Hall Putsch). There is no recommendation from Gerlach's immediate superior on this request, only the (unsigned) support of Lammerding as the Das Reich Division commander.
2nd SS-Panzer Division "Das Reich" 23rd October 1944
SS-Obersturmführer Gerlach, Karl
SS Nr: 283,079 born 9. 12. 1914
Promotion to: SS-Haupsturmführer with effect from 9th November 1944
====================================================================Substantiation - assessment, (SS-posture - character suitability - official performances - special suitability).
Gerlach has a large powerful appearance with a positive and assured manner. He possesses a confident, active, determined, upright character and a civil, friendly and natural nature. His general militaristic performances is above the average. Gerlach is a conscientious, experienced, versatile, interested, reliable, willing to take responsibility and exemplary soldier with the best experience of life. Fully fills his position.
Noted … Lammerding SS-Brigadeführer and Major-General
© Michael Williams April 2004