Who's Who (A-B) of senior German Army officers (Birley's Bible)

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    BIRLEY’S BIBLE

    1. The WHO’S WHO of German Army personalities - ‘Birley’s Bible’ - is a three volume collection of loose leaf sheets containing data on several hundreds of senior officers compiled by Lieutenant Colonel Eric BIRLEY, O.B.E., F.S.A., of M.I. 14 and subsequently maintained by the M.I. 14 b personalities section under the late Major the Honourable Peter ACTON and Miss R. CRAWFORD.


    2. BIRLEY, whose knowledge of the structure and composition of the German Army was outstanding, began this task in the summer of 1930 and personally produced and typed a large number of these personality sheets. These formed the basis of the extensive M.I. 14 personality card index. His primary sources were German Army Lists laced with information from M.A. and other reports and the Press.


    3. The three volumes and a fourth containing retired and dead officers were found lying in a room in the sub-basement of the Cabinet Office in 1948 and were restored to use in the Enemy Documents Section. A few revisions and corrections have been made as a result of W.O. and other enquiries.


    4. The C.O. archivist recently sent to E.D.S. a large number of sheets prepared by M.I. 14 b which came to light in the archives. The bulk of these proved to be duplicates of existing sheets amended and corrected during the latter part of the war.


    5. The whole collection was brought up to date in 1952 by the inclusion, where necessary, of these new sheets (spares are in a folder) and by removing all dead officers into the ‘Dead’ volume, and all officers known or presumed, on grounds of age, to have retired into separate ‘Retired’ volume.


    B.M.
    (Brian Melland, Head of E.D.S.)


    Cabinet Office Historical Section,
    September, 1952.
    (retyped 1986)
     
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    ADAM, Wilhelm - (15 September 1877 – 8 April 1949)
    BECK, Ludwig - (29 June 1880 – 20 July 1944)
    ADLHOCH [Hans? - (January 29, 1883 - May 12, 1945) ]
    AGRICOLA, Kurt - (15 August 1889 - 27. December 1955)
    AIGNER, Victor - (28 March 1872 - ?)
    ALLMENDINGER, Karl - (3 February 1891 – 2 October 1965)

    Von ALTEN, Victor -

    Von ALTROCK, Wilhelm - (24 August, 1887 - 26 February, 1952)
    Von AMANN, Friedrich - (8 March, 1870 - 29 March, 1953)
    ANDRAE, Alexander Friedrich - (27 April 1888 – 3 April 1979)
    ANDRE, Carl - (24 May 1894 - 22 January 1985)
    ANDREAS, Moritz
    ANKERSDORFER
    Von APPEL, [Wilhelm? - (16 January 1892 – 7 March 1969)]
    ARNDT, Karl - (10 March 1892 – 30 December 1981)
    Von ARNIM, Hans-Jürgen - (4 April 1889 – 1 September 1962)

    Von ASCHEBERG, Percy, Baron (11 June 1880 - 1952)
    ASCHENBRANDT, Henrich - (30 June 1884 - 1953)
    AUER, Franz - (17 May 1878 in Passau Died: 15 Aug 1967)
    AULEB, Helge - (24 March 1887 – 14 March 1964)
    Von AULOCK, Andreas - (23 March 1893 – 23 June 1968)



    BABINGER
    BAECHER, Rudolf (23 June 1880 - ?)
    BADE, Hans-Albert (1 January 1879 - 6 April 1959)

    BADER, Paul (20 July 1883–28 February 1971)
    BADINSKY, Kurt (17 May 1890 – 27 February 1966)

    BAESSLER, Erich
    BALCK, Hermann (7 December 1897 – 29 November 1982)
    BAMLER, Rudolf (6 May 1896 - 13 March 1972)
    BARCKHAUSEN, Franz (21 December 1882 - 3 May 1956)
    BARENDS, Erwin (3 June 1880 - 29 March 1952)
    BARGER, Edward
    BASLER, Moritz
    BASSENGE, Gerhard (18 November 1897 - 13 March 1977)
    BAUER, Paul (18 June 1880 - ?)
    BAUMGARTNER, Richard
    BAUMBACH, Walter (30 March 1882 - ?)
    BAYER, Friedrich (? - 1952)
    BAZING, Richard (19 December 1894 - 22 May 1987)
    Von BEEREN
    BEHLENDORFF, Hans (13 August 1889 – 16 March 1961)
    BEHSCHNITT, Walter (13 August 1885 - 22 October 1970)
    BEISSWAENGER, Walter


    BEISSWAENGER, Hugo
    Von BELOW, Nicolaus (20 September 1907 – 24 July 1983)
    Von BELSEN, Stefan (5 May 1876 - ?)
    BELTINGER, Dr. Arthur (27 May 1881 - 17 October 1964)
    BENKENDORFF, Dr. Rudolf (5 August 1890 - ?)
    BERGMANN, Friedrich (10 May 1883 - 21 December 1941)
    BERLIN, Wilhelm (28 April 1889 – 15 September 1987)

    BERNARD, Curt (9 December 1886 - 2 December 1954)

    BERNARD, Richard (16 September 1885 - ?)
    BERNAU
    BERNECKER, Erich Hermann (11 May 1885 - 28 October 1941)
    von BESCHERER, Arwed (7 March 1873 - ?)
    BEUTTEL, Kurt (6 March 1886 - 2 May 1956)
    BEYER, Hans Heinrich (19 September 1881 - 5 March 1964)
    Von BIBRA, Berthold, Freiherr (20 September 1871 - ?)
    Von BIEDERMAN, Wolf Freiherr (11 July 1890 - 14 May 1964)
    Von BIEGELEBEN, Arnold Freiherr (16 April 1883 – 11 October 1940)
    BIELER, Bruno (18 June 1888 – 22 March 1966)
    BIELFELD
    Von BISMARCK, Georg (15 February 1891 – 31 August 1942)
    BLASKOWITZ, Johannes Albrecht (10 July 1883 – 5 February 1948)
    Von BLOMBERG, Otto Freiherr (13 January 1871 - ?)
    Von BLOMBERG, Werner Eduard Fritz (2 September 1878 – 14 March 1946)

    BLUEMM, Oskar (26 June 1884 – 12 December 1951
    BLUMENTRITT, Günther (10 February 1892 – 12 October 1967)
    Von BOCK, Moritz Albrecht Franz Friedrich Fedor (3 December 1880 – 4 May 1945)
    Von BOCK, Max
    BOCK Von WUELFINGEN, Ferdinand (10 June 1883 - 22 May 1956)
    BODENSCHATZ, Karl-Heinrich Bodenschatz (10 December 1890 – 25 August 1979)
    Von BOECKMANN, Herbert (24 July 1886 – 3 March 1974)
    Von BOEHM-BEZING, Dieter (9 November 1880 - 30 November 1974)
    BOEHME, Franz Friedrich (15 April 1885 – 29 May 1947)
    BOEHMER Von EMMICH, Fritz (11 April 1874 - ?)
    BOEHM-TETTELBACH, Alfred (28. March 1878 - 12. July 1962)
    BOETTCHER
    BOETTCHER, Karl (25 October 1889 – 21 October 1973)
    Von BOETTICHER, Friedrich (October 14, 1881 - September 28, 1967)
    BOHNSTEDT, Eberhard (22 July 1886 - 3 October 1957)
    BOHNSTEDT, Wilhelm (5 October 1888 – 11 August 1947)
    Von BOINEBURG-LENGSFELD, Wilhelm Georg Gustav Botho Rudolf Hans, Freiherr (9 June 1889 – 20 November 1980)
    BOLBRINKER, Ernst Eberhard (23 October 1898 – 2 July 1962)
    BOLTZE, Arthur (18 March 1878 - 7 November 1954)
    BORCHERS, Friedrich (11 November 1879 - 25 January 1959)
    BORK, Max Hermann (1 January 1899 - 4 July 1973)
    BORMANN, Hugo (15 January 1877 - ?)
    BORNEMANN, Dr. Rudolph (14 April 1873 - ?)
    BBOROWIETZ, Willibald (17 September 1893 – 1 July 1945)
    Von BOTHMER, Richard (27 May 1890 - 10 March 1945)
    BOROWSKI, Heinrich (23 June 1880 - 8 April 1963)
    Von BOTH, Kuno-Hans (9 April 1884 – 22 May 1955)
    Von BOSSHEIM, Erich, Freiherr (10 January 1871 - ?)
    BRABAENDER, Hans (28 November 1889 - 26 October 1982)

    BRAND, Albrecht (14 January 1888 - 31 December 1969)
    BRAND, Fritz (22 April 1889 - 26 November 1967)
    BRANDENBERGER, Erich (15 July 1892 – 21 June 1955)
    BRANDT, (Fritz) Friedrich Wilhelm (17 August 1879 - 13 January 1939)
    BRANDT, Georg (24 August 1876 - 21 April 1945)
    BRANTNER, Theodor (15 November 1882 - 15 December 1964)
    Von BRAUCHITSCH, Heinrich Alfred Hermann Walther 4 October 1881 – 18 October 1948)
    BREMER, Friedrich (19 June 1886 - 22 March 1945)
    BRAUMUELLER, Hans (3 March 1883 - 4 March 1956)
    BRAUMUELLER, Richard (21 September 1872 - ?)
    Von BREDERLOW, Tido (27 November 1873 - 20 November 1934)
    BREITH, Friedrich (25 May 1892 - 9 July 1982)
    BREITH, Hermann (7 May 1892 – 3 September 1964)
    BRENKEN, Walter (26 February 1883 - 2 January 1952)
    BRENNECKE, Kurt (26 February 1883 - 2 January 1952)
    Von BRIESEN, Kurt (3 May 1886 - 20 November 1941)
    BRITZELMAYR, Karl (26 May 1894 – 9 March 1988)
    Von BROCKDORFF-AHLEFELDT, Walter, Graf (13 July 1887 – 9 May 1943)
    Von BRODOWSKI, Fritz (26 November 1886 - 28 October 1944)
    Von BROICH, Friedrich Kurt Robert, Freiherr (1 January 1896 – 24 September 1974)
    BRUECKNER, Friedrich (12 December 1871 - ?)
    BRUECKNER, Wilhelm (11 December 1884 – 18 August 1954)
    BRUELL, Friedrich (13 June 1884 - 11 October 1939)
    BRUHN, Hans (31 December 1910 – 4 April 1952)
    BRUNS, Walter (15 September 1891 - 15 April 1957)
    BUCHOLZ, Hans (15 December 1882 - ?)
    BUCHOLZ, Oskar (2 December 1870 - 6 January 1944)
    BUECHS, Walter (9 November 1881 - 23 July 1970)
    Von BUELOW, Hartwig (12 September 1871 - ?)
    Von BUELOW
    BUELOWIUS, Karl Robert Max (March 2, 1890 – March 27, 1945)
    Von BUENAU, Heinrich (27 September 1873 - ?)
    BUERKNER, Leopold (29 January 1894 - 15 July 1975)
    BUHLE, Walter (26 October 1894 – 28 December 1959)
    BURCKHARDT, Karl (13 March 1889 - 30 January 1946)
    BUSCH, Ernst (6 July 1885 – 17 July 1945)
    Von dem BUSSCHE-IPPENBURG, Erich, Freiherr (12 March 1878 - 1 October 1957)
    TREUSCH von BUTTLAR-BRANDENFELD, Horst Julius, Freiherr (14 August 1888 – 3 April 1962)
     
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    ADLHOCH


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    AGRICOLA, Kurt - (15 August 1889 - 27. December 1955)

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    AIGNER, Victor - (28 March 1872 - )

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    ALLMENDINGER, Karl - (3 February 1891 – 2 October 1965)

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    M.I. 14/744
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    3 February 1891 - Born in Wuerttemberg.
    29 January 1911 - Gazetted Second Lieutenant in Fus. Regiment 122 (4 Wuertt..
    1914-1918 - War Service: On Regimental Staff of above regiment. Wounded at YPRES.
    1 January 1923 - Promoted Captain: On Regimental Staff of Infantry Regiment 13 (in which ROMMEL was a Captain).
    1920-1925 - Serving in Infantry Regiment 13.
    1926-1929 - At War Ministry, Statistics Section.
    1930 - Present at Lithuanian manoeuvres.
    1 February 1931 - Promoted Major, in Infantry Regiment 1 (in which FALKENHORST was Lieutenant-Colonel).
    1 August 1936 - Promoted Colonel
    1938 - Commanding Infantry Regiment 35.
    November 1918 - Appointed Head of Section 10, O.K.H.
    1 May 1940 - Chief of Staff to V Corps (RUOFF).
    1 August 1940 - Promoted Major-General.
    9 August 1941 - Commanding an Infantry division, awarded Knight’s Cross to the Iron Cross (advance on River NIEMEN).
    1 August 1942 - Promoted Lieutenant-General.
    16 December 1942 - Commanding 5 Light Division, awarded Oakleaves.
    1 April 1943 - Promoted Infantry General.
    October 1943 - Commanding V Army Corps in Southern Russia.
    May 1944 - Replaced JAENECKE as G.O.C. 17 Army.

    Paid frequent visits before the war to LITHUANIA, ESTONIA and FINLAND. Reported to be a poet and also to have written on tank tactics. No known Party connections.

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    Von ALTEN, Victor -

    1877/1887 ? - Born
    1908 - Entered Garde Schuetzetn Bn. and went to the Front with this unit in 1914.
    War Service in this Battalion and also on General Staff of IV Reserve Corps.
    18 April 1917 - Promoted Captain
    1 May 1925 - Captain in 9th Inf. Regt.
    1 May 1929 - At Berlin Fortress and Garrison
    1 April 1930 - Promoted Major
    1934 - Lieutenant Colonel and posted to Staff of 2nd Army Group, Kassel.
    1 March 1936 - Promoted Colonel
    1 October 1936 - Appointed Commander Guards Unit, Berlin.

    [Handwritten addition:] Revise - see card [not included in file.]

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    Von ALTROCK, Wilhelm - (24 August, 1887 - 26 February, 1952)

    c. 1889 - Born
    1908, August - Appointed 2nd Lieutenant in 13th Jaeger Bn.
    1914, August - Went to war with this unit.
    1915 - Promoted Lieutenant
    Served greater part of the war in cyclist units, finally commanding 4th (Saxon) Cyclist Battalion.
    He also took part in the capture of some islands in the Baltic and in the liberation of ESTONIA and LIVONIA.
    28 November 1917 - Promoted Captain.
    1924 - On Staff of Commander of Training Area Koenigsbrueck.
    1927 - Transferred to 11th Inf. Regt.
    1 February 1931 - Promoted Major.
    1 October 1932 - To command II Bn. 10th Inf. Regt.
    1 June 1934 - Promoted Lieutenant Colonel.
    1 April 1936 - Promoted Colonel.
    1936, November - To command 83rd Inf. Regt.
    1 April 1940 - Promoted Major General.
     

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    Von AMANN, Friedrich - (8 March, 1870 - 29 March, 1953)

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    ANDRAE, Alexander Friedrich - (27 April 1888 – 3 April 1979)


    1. Surname: ANDRAE
    2. Christian Name: Alexander Friedrich
    3. Rank last held: Gen. d. Flieger
    Date appointed to this rank: 1 July 1941
    4. Date of Birth: 27 April 1888
    5. Place of Birth: Koeslin
    6. Last known ... [illegible]: BERLIN- [illegible]

    13. Names and Nationality of Parents: Gen. Major. Hugo ANDRAE

    24. Promotions
    20 April 1934 - Oberst (Police)
    1 August 1936 - Oberst
    1 January 1936 - Gen. Major
    1 January 1940 - Gen. Leutnant
    1 July 1941 - Gen. d. Flieger

    25. Posts Held.
    21 July 1941 - Festungskomdt KRETA
    - Kdr. Lg. STAB z.b. V.2.
    - Kdr. Lg. Kdo. SUEDOST
    28 August 1942 - z.d. Offz. z.b.V.
    11 October 1939 - 1 Jul 1941 - Head of Air Insp(RLM (L. in 10.)

    26. Participation in wars
    1914- 1918 - Filled various staff posts as junior artillery officer.
    1917 - General Staff Courses.
    1917-1918 - General Staff of ‘ANTWERP Government’

    28. If demoblised, when and for what reason
    31 May 1943 - Medical Reasons

    31. Original branch of service: Field Artillery 1906

    34. Summary of GAF Evaluation Reports: Very active as a police officer and an effective propagandist of National Socialism. Was discharged for medical reasons - May 31, 1943.


    For further information see form attached.



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    ANDRE, Carl - (24 May 1894 - 22 January 1985)


    circa 1896 - Born
    1914-1918 - War Service: in 164th (4th Hanover) Infantry Regt.
    Decorations: Prussian Order of the Red Eagle (3rd Class); Iron Cross (1st Class); Wounds Badge; Hamburg Hanseatic Cross; Brunswick War Service Cross (1st Class); Lippe War Service Cross; Schaumburg-Lippe Cross for True Service.
    ? - Gazetted Second-Lieutenant (probably in 1916).
    After the War, transferred to the Reichswehr.
    1924, February 1 - Promoted Lieutenant.
    1925-1927 - Serving in 8 (M.G.) Coy., 16th Infantry Regt.
    1928 - Serving in 13 (Mortar) Coy., above Regt.
    1929, January 1 - Promoted Captain
    1929-1932 - Commanding above Coy.
    ? - Promoted Major
    1936, April 29 - Commanding 1st Machine-Gun Battalion, Euskirchen.
    ? - Promoted Lieutenant Colonel
    1938, December 6 - Still commanding above unit.
    1940, December 1 - Promoted Colonel [Handwritten addition]

    No evidence for appearance or character.

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    ANDREAS, Moritz



    Circa 1887 - Born
    Circa 1905 - First Commissioned
    1913, July 19 - Promoted Lieutenant
    1914, May 1 - Serving in 83rd Infantry Regt.
    1914-1918 - War Service: Regimental.
    Decorations: Prussian Order of the Red Eagle (3rd Class); Iron Cross (1st Class); Wound Badge; Hessian Bravery Medal; Hamburg Hanseatic Cross; Cross of Honour for War Service, Saxe-Ernestine; Waldeck Service CROSS (4th Class, with Swords); Austro-Hungarian Military Service Cross (3rd Class).
    1915, January 15 - Promoted Captain
    After the War, transferred to the Reichswehr.
    1925-1926 - On Staff of 2nd Bn., 12th Infantry Regt.
    1927, March 1 - Appointed to Staff of 2nd Army Group.
    1927, June 1 - Promoted Major.
    1930, November 1 - To command 1st Bn., 4th Infantry Regt.
    1931, December 1 - Promoted Lieutenant Colonel.

    [Handwritten additions & corrections:]
    ? - Promoted Colonel
    ? - Appointed Landwehr Commander, Kuestrin.
    1940, May 1 - Commanding 208th Division
    1941, April 21 - Promoted Lieutenant General

    1964, October 13 - Died

    A period of retirement must be assumed, to account for the long interval before his promotion to the rank of Colonel.
    He also possesses Brunswick, Saxe-Ernestine and Waldeck decorations, awarded before 1 May 1914. Nothing has been recorded about his personality; the fact that he has been passed over in the promotion field suggests that he is not a man of first-rate ability.


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    ANKERSDORFER


    1935 - Major-General ANKERSDORFER is on General LEITNER’s Staff and is Chief of Infantry Armaments.
    1937 - Still so employed.

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    Von APPEL

    Circa 1887 - Born
    Circa 1907 - Gazetted Second Lieutenant.
    1913, February 18 - Promoted Lieutenant.
    1914, May 1 - Adjutant of 11th (Grand Duchy of Hessen) Rifle Bn.
    1914-1918 - War Service: With above Bn., and General Staff (ultimately on Staff of 218th Division).
    Decorations: House Order of Hohenzollern; Iron Cross (1st Class); Wound Badge; Saxon, Wuerttemberg and Austro-Hungarian decorations.
    1914, December 24 - Promoted Captain.
    After the War, transferred to the Reichswehr.
    1921 - On Staff of 1st Army Group, Berlin
    1925-1926 - On Staff of 6th Division
    1927, February 1 - Promoted Major.
    1927-1929 - On Staff of Infantry Commander, 6th Division.
    1930-1931 - On Staff of 6th Division.
    1931, April 1 - Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel
    1932 - Commanding 3rd Bn. Infantry Regt.
    1933, October 1 - Promoted Colonel.
    1936, May 7 - Commanding 17th Infantry Regt.
    1936, October 1 - Promoted Major-General

    Handwritten addition of ? bracketed together
    {1936, November 6 - Chief of Staff, XII Corps}
    {1937, February 22 - Chief of Staff, XI Corps}

    1938, June 1 - Promoted Lieutenant-General, Chief of Staff, 2nd Army Group.
    1938, December 1 - To command 9th Division.
    1940, May 1 - Still commanding above division
    1941, June 25 - No longer commanding 9th Division


    Looks a Mediterranean type.

    [Handwritten addition]
    1945 - Killed in action, Germany

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    ARNDT, Karl - (10 March 1892 – 30 December 1981)


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    4. General d.Pz.Tpn. KARL ARNDT

    General KARL ARNDT, 53, Commanding General XXXIX Panzer Corps, attended Public School, and a school for non-commissioned officers, and was a corporal for 12 years. In World War I he was a Sergeant, waiting for a commission, when he was captured by the English. After the war he was in the 100,000 man Army, and rose from Oblt. to Major. He was promoted to Obstlt. in 1934 and to Obst. in 1939. He participated in the Polish & French campaigns and has been on the Russian front since 1941.

    On 24 April he received orders to go to the “Northern Front” to take command of XXXIX Panzer Corps. He had to drive through the Russian lines to reach his destination, and proudly stated that he had risked his life to “obey orders”. He formed practically an entire new staff for the difficult job of fighting both the Russians and Americans. A few days later General WERCK ordered him to transfer all his troops to the Russian side of the pocket. Meanwhile negotiations for surrender to the Americans had been carried out, and on 5 May the General surrendered.

    General ARNDT provided few new notes to the German General Staff Chorus. He had done little thinking on other than those matters which directly concerned the tactical situation immediately confronting him. He knew something “was wrong” when Generals were shot by the Party “even before July 1944” (attempt on Hitler’s life), but, of course, he had to follow orders, he was only a soldier. He appeared to be properly shocked by the story of GARDELEGEN and the SS atrocities in the ARDENNES, but he has always fought as a good soldier, and as a soldier the conditions in political concentration camps were none of his business. He never listened to foreign radio broadcasts, since they had only official army sets, and the general could never listen to it alone. No one dared tune in anything but the Wehrmacht news broadcasts.

    Until the time of this interview the General was certain that in 1941 it was the United States that had first declared war on GERMANY. When given the facts he replied that “if true” it was the next biggest mistake to the drive for MOSCOW (he wold have halted, dug in, and repaired the ravages of the campaign). MOSCOW was the turning point of the war, he knew after than that GERMANY would not win, but naturally had to go on fighting.

    The General has few post-war plans - he wants to attempt to find his wife and children. His home was in SILESIA, but he does not expect to return there. Since he is a professional soldier he knows that he has no job to which he can return. He is, however, not entirely without hope for the future. When asked what he though would be best for his country, now that peace has come, he pondered for a while, and then exclaimed (with expansive gestures) “Rebuild GERMANY”. He thought that the German people should be formed into labor battalions, with former non-commissioned officers as foremen (they would see that no time or material was wasted), and the officers as supervisors. But GERMANY does not want to fight again, since her people have had the horrors of war brought home to them.

    His choice as the next head of GERMANY was Franz von PAPEN, who is a “trusted and non-political man”. He was glad to hear that von RUNSTEDT was “safe” in American hands, and said he was very much like von HINDENBURG, and was held in high esteem by all GERMANY. He would also be a good leader for the new GERMANY.


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    Von ARNIM, Hans-Jürgen - (4 April 1889 – 1 September 1962)

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    1889, April 4 - Born in Silesia.
    1907, July 1 - Gazetted Second-Lieutenant in 4th Foot Guard Regt.
    1914, May 1 - Adjutant of 1st Bn., above Regt.
    1914-1918 - War Service: Regimental.
    Decorations: House of Order of Hohenzollern; Iron Cross (1st Class); Wound Badge; Hamburg Hanseatic Cross.
    After 1914, July 31 - Promoted Lieutenant.
    1917, January 27 - Promoted Captain
    After the War, transferred to the Reichswehr.
    1921 - Commanding a Coy. in 5th (Prussian) Infantry Regt.
    1925 - Serving in Operations Section = T.1, General Staff.
    1926 - On Staff of 1st Army Group, Berlin.
    1927-1929 - On Staff of 7th (Bavarian) Division.
    1928, April 1 - Promoted Major, with seniority 1 February 1928.
    1930-1932 - On Staff of Artillery Commander, above division.
    1932, April 1 - Promoted Lieutenant-Colonel.
    1934, July 1 - Promoted Colonel.
    1938, January 1 - Commanding 68th Infantry Regt. (23rd Division), promoted Major-General.
    1938, February 1 - To command 4th Frontier Sector.
    1939, May 5 - Commanding units of 8th Division in Moravia.
    1939, October 6 - Reported ‘commanding a Corps in the Saar area’.
    1939, December 1 - Promoted Lieutenant-General.
    1941, September 13 - Commanding VI Armd. Div. on Eastern front (MINSK outer defences).
    1941, September 13 - Awarded Knight’s Cross of Iron Cross.
    1941, September 14 - Reported seriously wounded.
    1941, December 27 - Commanding XXXIX Armd. Corps on LENINGRAD front.
    1942, January 2 - Promoted General (Tanks)
    1942, October 25 - Reported ‘commanding a Corps on STALINGRAD front’.
    1942, December 12 - Commanding 5 Panzer Army in TUNISIA.
    1943, January 1 - Promoted Colonel-General.

    No information is available as to his character or appearance.

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    1889, April 4 - Born at ERNSDORF, Silesia, son of an officer in the Prussian Army.
    19??, April ? - Entered 4 Foot Guards Regiment as Fahnenjunker
    1909, August 1 - Commissioned Leutnant in above regiment, with seniority 1 July 1907.
    1914, May 1 - Adjutant of I Bn., above Regt.
    1914-1918 - War Service: Regimental and General Staff.
    Decorations: House of Order of Hohenzollern; Iron Cross (1st Class); Wound Badge; Hamburg Hanseatic Cross.
    Shortly after 1914, July 31 - Promoted Oberleutnant.
    1917, January 27 - Promoted Hauptmann.
    After the War, transferred to the Hundred Thousand Army.
    1921 - Commanding a Coy. in 5th (Prussian) Infantry Regt.
    1925 - Serving in Operations Branch (T.1) of the de facto General Staff (where his colleagues included the present Generals von FALKENHORST, FELMY, HOLLIDT and FRETTER-PICO).
    1926 - On Staff of 1 Army Group, Berlin.
    1927-1929 - On Staff of 7 (Bavarian) Division (as were the present Generals HALDER and JODL).
    1928, April 1 - Promoted Major, with seniority 1 February 1928.
    1930-1932 - On Staff of Artillery Commander, above division.
    1932, April 1 - Promoted Oberstleutnant.
    1934, July 1 - Promoted Oberst.
    1938, January 1 - Commanding 68 Infantry Regtiment (in 23 Infantry Division), promoted Generalmajor.
    1938, February 1 - Appointed to command Heeresdienststelle 1, SCHWEIDNITZ (Wehrkreis VIII) - a frontier sector command.
    1939, May 15 - Still holding above appointment, commanding German troops in Moravia.
    1939, August 1 - Specially employed at the War Ministry (z.Verf. Ob.d.H.)
    1939, December 1 - Promoted Generalleutnant.
    1941, April 1 - Appointed to command 17 Panzer Division.
    1941, September 13 - Awarded Ritterkreuz for operations in command of above division, in the outer defences of MINSK, when he was seriously wounded (mid-July 1941).
    .1941, December - Appointed acting commander XXXIX Panzer Corps, in succession to General Rudolf SCHMIDT.
    1942, January 1 - Promoted General der Panzertruppe, with seniority 1 October 1941.
    1942, February 1 - Confirmed in above command
    1943, January 1 - Promoted Generaloberst, with seniority 3 December 1942, on which date he presumably took over command of the newly formed 5 Panzer Army, which is is now commanding in TUNISIA.

    No details are yet available as to his service in the Polish and Western campaigns; and we have no evidence for his appearance or personality. Clearly a very able staff officer and an energetic commander.

    M.I.14.b.
    4 February 1943.

    [Obituary notice attached, dated 31 January 1963]

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    Extract from The Memoirs of F.M. Earl Alexander of Tunis, 1962.

    My opponent was General von Arnim, and as a prisoner on his way back to General Eisenhower’s H.Q. he stayed the night at my field headquarters at LE KEF. I didn’t invite him to dine with me - I didn’t feel the gesture to be necessary; but I had a special tent and a little mess set up for him so that he could be looked after comfortably and in a manner I considered right and proper of a man in his position. He was, in fact, entertained in the same style as any other guest I might have had, but he was alone with his A.D.C.

    When he arrived I had a short interview with him, but I didn’t ask him for any information or embarrass him in any way - interrogation could come later.

    Von Arnim I found to be a fine, old-fashioned type of German general of distinguished family, an officer who was a gentleman and who had belonged to the 4 Garde Regiment zu Fuss - the same number as my own regiment, the Irish Guards, of 4 Regiment of Foot Guards - in the Kaiser’s day. During out short conversation I felt that he was expecting me to say what a splendid fight he and his men had put up, but I’m afraid I disappointed him - we hadn’t yet won the war. However, looking badk I think it would have been a little more generous of me if I had been more chivalrous.

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    ASCHENBRANDT, Henrich - (30 June 1884 - 1953)

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    30 June 1884 - Born
    8 November 1914 - Promoted Captain
    War Service in 2nd Arty. Regt. and on G.S. 19th Army High Command.
    1921 - Transferred to War Office
    1 November 1922 - Commander Ohrdny Training Area.
    1925 - In 7th Arty. Regt.
    1 February 1926 - Promoted Major.
    1927 - At Ems Mouth Fortifications.
    1928 - At Borkum Fortress and Garrison.
    1929 - In 7th Arty. Regt.
    1930 - On Staff of C.R.A. 7th Division.
    1 November 1930 - Promoted Lieutenant Colonel - At Ingolstadt Garrison and Fortress.
    1 April 1933 - Promoted Colonel.

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