Sunday, September 27, 2020

Bio of General der Infanterie Karl von Roques

Generalleutnant der Luftwaffe Karl von Roques with his spouse.

Karl von Roques (7 May 1880 – 24 December 1949) was a German general and war criminal during the Second World War, who commanded the Army Group Rear Area behind Army Group South. Following the war, Roques was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in the High Command Trial. He died in 1949 while serving his sentence.

Karl von Roques was born in a German noble family of Huguenot descent. He entered the German Imperial Army in 1899. During the First World War, Roques served in staff roles in several divisions. By the end of the war he was promoted to major. After the armistice, Roques remained in the Reichswehr, serving in the Ministry of War, and then in staff and command roles in the army. Starting in 1934, Roques served as chief of staff and then the president of the Reichsluftschutzbund. In October 1938 he was recalled to active duty and in the Luftwaffe with the rank of lieutenant-general. In June 1939, Roques left the Luftwaffe with the rank of general.

During the Second World War, Roques served as an active officer in the Wehrmacht. In December 1939, he was given command of the new 142nd Infantry Division. From 15 March 1941 to October 1941, he was commander of the rear areas of Army Group South. On 1 July 1941, Roques was promoted to General der Infanterie.

As commander of the rear areas, Roques carried extermination policies against the Soviet partisans, Slavic and Jewish population. In October 1941, Roques was transferred to the Führerreserve. In June 1942 he assumed command of the rear areas of Army Group South, and after the dividing of the army group in Army Group A and Army Group B, he commanded the rear areas of the former. On 1 January 1943, Roques was again placed in the Führerreserve and on 31 March 1943 he was again pensioned off. In August 1943 he went to Warsaw as a representative of the German Red Cross.

After the German capitulation, Roques was arrested and tried in the High Command Trial. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Moved for reasons of bad health from the Landsberg prison to a hospital in Nürnberg, he died there on 24 December 1949.


Source :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Roques

https://www.sammlermarkt-nord.net/shop/generalleutnant-karl-roques-with-german-social-welfare-decor-p-13193.html?language=en

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Wehrmacht Gala Dinner

From right to left: Hauptmann Kalscha, me, Hauptmann Promintzer, Vati, Unteroffizier Deim (standing), Major Heindrich, and Hauptmann Janschi. 21 December 1942.


 

Source :

https://www.ebay.de/itm/Nr-32063-Foto-2-Wk-Deutsche-Offiziere-General-Heidrich-1942-N-O-6-x-9-cm/193305494937?hash=item2d01e7c599:g:NIcAAOSw6FheIugN

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=2289877#p2289877

Bio of Generalmajor z.V. Adolf Plammer

 


Plammer Adolf (St. Peter/Graz, 28.11.1884 – 0.12.1963, Innsbruck), GM z.V.:

Career:
18.08.1904 als KadOffzStv aus IKSch Graz-Liebenau zu I.R. 59
01.05.1906 Leutnant
01.11.1911 Oberleutnant
00.08.1914 Zug-Kommandant in der 10. Kompanie des k.k. Infanterie Regiment “Erzherzog Rainer“ Nr. 59
01.05.1915 Hauptmann
00.00.1916 längerer Lazarett-Aufenthalt in Krakau
00.05.1916 an die Südwest-Front: Kommandeur des X. Bataillons des k.k. Infanterie Regiment “Erzherzog Rainer“ Nr. 59; mehrmonatige Spezialausbildung bei den Sturmtruppen; Instruktionsoffizier beim Sturmbataillon der 11. Armee in Levice (Lebentz/ West-Slowakei) und Salzburg;
00.00.1917 Rückkehr an die Front
00.00.1917 Sturmgruppenkommandant im Sturmbataillon der 11. Armee
00.00.1918 Kommandant des Sturmbataillon der 18. ITD
00.11.1918 - 00.10.1919 in italienischer Kriegsgefangenschaft
16.100.00.1920 Major
00.00.1920 Kompaniekommandant im selbständigen A.J.B. 3
00.00.1920 Stabsoffizier z.b.V. bei 6. Brigade, Innsbruck
01.01.1927 Bataillonskommandant im A.J.R. 12, Innsbruck; dann Kommandant Feldjägerbataillons zu Rad Nr. 6 (früher Kaiserschützen)
15.10.1932 Oberstleutnant
00.00.1934 - 31.03.1937 stellv. Kommandant I.R. 12
18.12.1936 Oberst (RDA 01.01.1937)
01.04.1937 - 31.07.1938 Kommandant des I.R. 13, Eisenstadt
01.08.1938 Oberst mit Pat. v. 26.07.1938; später RDA vom 01.08.1935 erhalten
31.10.1938 ausgeschieden
26.08.1939 Oberst z.V.
08.09.1939 Kommandeur des Landesschützen-Regiments 1/XVIII , Salzburg
16.10.1939 Kommandeur des Offizier-Lagers Oflag XVIII A, Lienz an der Drau
01.02.1942 Generalmajor z.V.
19.03.1942 Kommandeur des Oflag II C, Woldenberg (Pommern) [heute: Dobiegniew/ Polen], zugleich Kommandeur der Kriegsgefangenen im Wehrkreis II
01.07.1942 Kommandeur des Stammlagers Stalag II-D, Stargard (Pommern) [heute: Stargard Szczeciński /Polen]
31.10.1944 Mob-Bestimmung aufgehoben
01.02.1945 z.V.-Stellung aufgehoben

Awards:
k.u.k. Österr. Militär-Jubiläumskreuz 1848 – 1908
k.u.k. Österr. Bronzene Militärverdienstmedaille am Bande des Militärverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern
k.u.k. Österr. Silberne Militärverdienstmedaille am Bande des Militärverdienstkreuzes mit Schwertern (zum 2. Mal)
k.u.k. Österr. Militärverdienstkreuz III. Kl. mit Kriegsdekoration und Schwertern (zum 2. Mal)
k.u.k. Österr. Goldene Tapferkeitsmedaille für Offiziere (4.2.1917 für Monte Badelecche)
Kaiserl. österr. Orden der Eisernen Krone III. Kl. mit Kriegsdekoration und Schwertern
Kaiserl. österr. Leopold-Orden Ritter mit Kriegsdekoration und Schwertern
k.u.k. Österr. Kaiser-Karl-Truppenkreuz
k.u.k. Österr. Verwundetenmedaille mit 1 Mittelstreifen
Österr. Kriegserinnerungsmedaille mit Schwertern
Tiroler Landesdenkmünze 1914 – 1918
Militärdienstzeichen für Offiziere 2. Klasse
Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse des Bundesstaates Österreich (28.9.1937)
KVK II mS,
KVK I mS
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den Anschluss des Burgenlandes an Österreich 1921 (1961)
Kriegserinnerungskreuz des Österr. Kameradschaftsbundes 1939 - 1945
Verdienstmedaille in Bronze des Steirischen Landes-Kameradschaftsbundes
Verdienstmedaille in Silber des Steirischen Landes-Kameradschaftsbundes
Verdienstmedaille in Gold des Steirischen Landes-Kameradschaftsbundes


Source :

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=1816448#p1816448

Monday, September 14, 2020

General der Flieger Waldemar Klepke

General der Flieger Waldemar Klepke (6 October 1882 - 5 May 1945)

Source :
https://www.ebay.de/itm/2-WELTKRIEG-ORIGINALFOTO-GENERAL-der-LUFTWAFFE-WALDEMAR-KLEPKE/174011890641?hash=item2883eabbd1:g:nZIAAOSwhfVdZr2H

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Two Unknown Luftwaffe Majors


Two unidentified Luftwaffe officer with the rank of Major

Source :
https://www.ebay.de/b/General-in-Militaria-Fotos-1900-1918-1945/15504/bn_7004515776
https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=2220146#p2220146

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Bio of Generalmajor Johannes Erxleben


Johannes Erxleben (1 April 1893 - 2 November 1972) joined the Telegraphen-Bataillon 5 as a Leutnant on March 22, 1913. On April 22, 1914, he was transferred to the Festungs-Fernsprech-Kompanie 3. When the First World War broke out, he led the Fernsprech-Zug of 33. Reserve-Division into the field. On October 9, 1917, he became divisional communications commander of the 33. Reserve-Division and on December 15, 1917, adjutant of the war telegraph department at the Chef des Nachrichtenwesens in Großen Hauptquartier. Promoted to Oberleutnant on September 20, 1918, he was transferred to the Kriegstelegraphen-Abteilung on November 9, 1918. Joined the Reichswehr on October 1, 1919, Johannes Erxleben became commander of the Reichswehr-Brigade-Nachrichten-Abteilung 6.. From April 1, 1920 to October 1, 1921, he was assigned to the Kavallerieschule Hannover. On January 1, 1921, he was transferred to Nachrichten-Abteilung 4. This was followed by the transfer to the Nachrichten-Abteilung 2 on January 1, 1923 and the return to the Nachrichten-Abteilung 4 on May 1, 1923. On December 1, 1926 he was then transferred to the artillery regiment 4 and as adjutant to the senior officer of the intelligence forces commanded to group command 2. On March 1, 1937, he was promoted to captain and on October 1, 1927, he was transferred to the staff of Gruppenkommando 2. From December 1, 1930, he served in the 2nd Company of Nachrichten-Abteilung 5, of which he became chief on February 1, 1931. From October 1, 1933, he was then a staff officer of the Nachrichtentruppen  in the staff of the 2nd Division and from October 1, 1934 a staff officer of the Nachrichtentruppen  in the military district command. On October 1, 1934, he was also promoted to major. On October 15, 1935, Major Erxleben took command of communications department 6 in Bielefeld, where he was promoted to lieutenant colonel on April 1, 1937. From November 10, 1938 he was then commander of the XIII intelligence forces. With the start of mobilization on August 26, 1939, Lieutenant Colonel Erxleben Leider became the evaluation point at Army Group C and on September 25, 1939, Field News Commander 11. From October 1, 1939, he was then News Commander of Posen and from February 6 1940 Commander of the Army News Regiment 549. On April 1, 1940, he was promoted to colonel and on October 25, 1940, was appointed news leader of the 11th Army. From March 5, 1942, he was news leader of the 12th Army, on January 23, 1943 converted to news leader of Army Group E. On February 25, 1943, he was appointed news leader in southern France and after his promotion to major general on October 1, 1943 to the higher news leader zbV 513 on November 1, 1943. On June 25, 1944, he was transferred to the Führerreserve and on August 1, 1944, he was entrusted with the maintenance of the affairs of the Wehrmacht commander in Kassel. He then officially took over this post on September 15, 1944. The command post of the commanding general was the vineyard bunker. Kassel, which was completely destroyed by 40 air raids, was declared a "fortress" as the last major Hessian city. "Kassel will be defended to the last man," was the slogan. When the 80th US Infantry Division advanced in an encircling movement from the south towards Kassel in the first days of April, German soldiers blew up the Fulda bridges. According to a contemporary witness report by the defense, court and orderly officer Dirk Uhse at the time, he became the commander of the "fortress Kassel", Colonel General Johannes Erxleben, on the night of April 3rd, 1945 as a parliamentarian American troops stationed on the southern outskirts of the city with the task of obtaining free withdrawal for the Wehrmacht units located in Kassel, but at least for the civilian population. When the American general refused and announced that "the fight would either be surrendered or the fighting would continue", Uhse decided - without consulting Erxleben - to surrender. Major General Erxleben was taken prisoner, from which he was released on June 6, 1947.

Source :
https://www.ebay.de/itm/WW-2-General-Johannes-Erxleben-Nachrichtenfuhrer-in-Frankreich-1944-45/274454391716?_trkparms=aid%3D1110006%26algo%3DHOMESPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20200818142525%26meid%3D71d5f394ca3f4032ad2ceaae5c987819%26pid%3D101195%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26mehot%3Dco%26sd%3D273809192918%26itm%3D274454391716%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D0%26pg%3D2047675%26algv%3DSimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV2bDemotion&_trksid=p2047675.c101195.m1851

Friday, August 28, 2020

Karl von Roques with His Spouse


Karl von Roques (7 May 1880 – 24 December 1949) was born in a German noble family of Huguenot descent. He entered the German Imperial Army in 1899. During the First World War, Roques served in staff roles in several divisions. By the end of the war he was promoted to major. After the armistice, Roques remained in the Reichswehr, serving in the Ministry of War, and then in staff and command roles in the army. Starting in 1934, Roques served as chief of staff and then the president of the Reichsluftschutzbund. In October 1938 he was recalled to active duty and in the Luftwaffe with the rank of lieutenant-general. In June 1939, Roques left the Luftwaffe with the rank of general.

During the Second World War, Roques served as an active officer in the Wehrmacht. In December 1939, he was given command of the new 142nd Infantry Division. From 15 March 1941 to October 1941, he was commander of the rear areas of Army Group South. On 1 July 1941, Roques was promoted to General der Infanterie.

As commander of the rear areas, Roques carried extermination policies against the Soviet partisans, Slavic and Jewish population. In October 1941, Roques was transferred to the Führerreserve. In June 1942 he assumed command of the rear areas of Army Group South, and after the dividing of the army group in Army Group A and Army Group B, he commanded the rear areas of the former. On 1 January 1943, Roques was again placed in the Führerreserve and on 31 March 1943 he was again pensioned off. In August 1943 he went to Warsaw as a representative of the German Red Cross.

After the German capitulation, Roques was arrested and tried in the High Command Trial. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Moved for reasons of bad health from the Landsberg prison to a hospital in Nürnberg, he died there on 24 December 1949.

Source :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_von_Roques
https://www.sammlermarkt-nord.net/shop/general-infanterie-karl-roques-luftwaffendegen-p-13192.html

Kapitän zur See Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière

Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière as a Kapitän zur See. Lothar (18 March 1886 – 24 February 1941) was born in Posen (now Poznań, Poland) and of French-German descent, was a German U-boat commander during World War I. With 194 ships and 453,716 gross register tons (GRT) sunk, he is the most successful submarine captain ever! His victories came in the Mediterranean, almost always using his 8.8-cm deck gun. During his career he fired 74 torpedoes, hitting 39 times. Arnauld de la Perière remained in the German Navy (Reichsmarine) after the war ended. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty as a Vizeadmiral (rear admiral), and was killed in a plane crash near Paris in 1941 while taking part in secret negotiations with the Vichy French government.

Source :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lothar_von_Arnauld_de_la_Peri%C3%A8re
https://gmic.co.uk/topic/2515-officers-with-order-pour-le-merite/page/7/

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Generalmajor z.V. Oskar Prinz von Preußen

Oskar Karl Gustav Adolf Prinz von Preußen (27 July 1888 – 27 January 1958) was the fifth son of Wilhelm II, German Emperor and Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. During the 1930s, when the Hohenzollern family attempted to test the waters for a return to power through Nationalist Socialism, Oskar appears to have played along, and eventually was commissioned as Generalmajor zur Verfügung (rank equivalent to brigadier general, "available for assignment"), circa March 1, 1940. As the family fell out of favor with Hitler (with the exception of Oskar’s middle brother, August Wilhelm), it became evident that there would be no restoration of the monarchy through the Nazis. With the early battlefield deaths of Oskar’s son (also named Oskar, killed in Poland, September 1939) and his nephew (Wilhelm, son of the Crown Prince, died of wounds received in France, May 1940) the German people harbored a newfound sentiment for the royal family amidst the totalitarian regime that was Nazi Germany. As a consequence, the majority of royals serving in the German Armed Forces appear to have had their commissions canceled, including Prinz Oskar.

Source :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Oskar_of_Prussia
https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?p=2262070&sid=04cf99da156c9a7e8324edd0ce70e957#p2262070

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

SS Totenkopf Award Ceremony

Waffen-SS Totenkopf Division award ceremony.

Source :
http://www.military-antiques-stockholm.com/index.php?cPath=26_60

Studio Photo of SS-Sturmmann from Totenkopf

Two Waffen-SS soldiers with the rank of SS-Sturmmann from Totenkopf Division posed in a studio portrait.

Source :
http://www.military-antiques-stockholm.com/index.php?cPath=26_60

Saturday, August 22, 2020

1. Skijäger Brigade at Ostfront

1. Skijäger Brigade at Ostfront, February 1944. The 1. Skijäger-Brigade was formed in September 1943 and was upgraded to 1. Skijäger-Division in June 1944
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Source :
ECPAD Archive (courtesy of Blanluet Christophe)
https://www.axishistory.com/books/152-germany-heer/heer-brigaden/4438-1-skijaeger-brigade
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2360048380929060/?post_id=2442574256009805

Monday, August 17, 2020