Johannes Gittner, born 09-08-1897 in Eckartsberga, Thüringen, entered the Army Service on 26-01-1916 as a Fahnenjunker and promoted to Lieutenant on 05-12-1917 in the 45th Infantry Regiment, age 20. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr and Gittner became the command of the 5th Infantery Division on 12-10-1937, promoted to Oberstleutnant on 01-10-1938. He got the post of Ia des XXVI. Armeekorps, on 01.08.1940 and landed on 30-09-1940 in the Führer-Reserve. Assigned as Oberst on 01-11-1941 and Higher Quartermaster Command of the 15th Army, under General Curt Haase, On 09-02-1943, Haase died at the age of 61 from advanced heart disease. The 15th Army was activated on 15-01-1941 with General Curt Haase (see Haase) in command. Gittner again landed in the infamous Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know),on 20-05-1943 and on 15-06-1943 he already gets the post of commander of the 193rd Artillery Regiment and again in the Reserve on 01-11-1943. On 20-03-1944 he becomes commander of the 5th Jäger Division , he succeeded General Helmut Thumm (see Thumm). Lost this command in May 1944 to General Friedrich Sixt (see Sixt) and was assigned as commander of the 292nd Infantry Division, he succeeded General Richard John (see John). Lost this command in October 1944 to Rudolf Reichert (see Reichert) He was promoted to Major General on 01-07-1944 and the post of Chief of the General Staff of Wehrkreis VI. Again in the Reserve and captured on 08-05-1945 by the Allied forces. Released he lived in Tutzing, where he at the age of 77 died, on 15-05-1975 and he is buried with his wife Karola, born Stegemann, who died age 76, on 07-03-1984, on the village cemetery of Tutzing and only steps away of the graves of WWI General and Hitler (see Alois Hitler), first hour supporter, Erich Ludendorff (see Ludendorff) and Flyer ace Franz Hrdlicka (see Hrdlicka).