Arnauld de la Perière, Lothar von, born 18-03-1886 in Posen , the son of Eugen* Emil Alexander Arnauld de la Perière and Else Charlotte Eckerland. His great grandfather Jean-Gabriel Arnauld, Seigneur de la Perière, a young artillery officer aged 26 in Saint Plantaire (Indre), after a duel with a Prince de Bourbon had to leave the country to avoid being imprisoned. He went to Prussia and joined the army of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. Because of his noble descent, he became a member of the Prussian nobility, and because of his service he attained the rank of three star general. Married three times, he had 14 children. His 12th, Eugen Ahasverus Albertus, born in 1800, was the grandfather of Lothar von Arnauld de la Perière.
He became a German U boat commander during World War I. With 194 ships and 453,716 gross register tons sunk, he is the most successful submarine ace ever. Нis victories came in the Mediterranean, almost always using his 8.8-cm deck gun. During his career he fired 74 torpedoes, hitting 39 times. Lothar Arnauld de la Perière remained in the German Navy after the war ended. During World War II, he was recalled to active duty as a Vice Admiral. Von Arnauld served as naval commandant in Danzig, until he was sent to the Low Countries as naval commandant for Belgium and the Netherlands and was promoted to Rear Admiral. Transferred to take up command as Admiral South and taking part in secret negotiations with the Vichy French government, he was killed, on 24-02-1941, at the age of 54, when his plane crashed on take off near Le Bourget Airport, in France. Lothar is the brother of Friedrich de la Perière, the World War II Flieger General Friedrich de la Periere.
Death and burial ground of Arnauld de la Perière, Lothar von.
Arnaud de la Pepière, high decorated in both wars, is buried on the Berliner, Invalidenfriedhof,
Only steps away the graves of the head of the Gestapo Chief, Reinhard Heydrich, Leader of the Organisation “Todt”, Fritz Todt the crashed Armaments Minister, Generaloberst der Infanterie, Werner Freiherr von Fritsch, General der Flieger, Chief of the Reichs Air Force Ministry, Carl Gablenz, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Kampfgeschwader 77, Wolff von Stutterheim, Hauptmann der Wehrmacht, Wolfgang Fürstner the commander of the Olympic village in 1936, Generaloberst der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der 16th Panzer Division Hans Hube, The 116th then participated in the failed “Wacht am Rhein” Operation in the Ardennes, where it participated in the middle spearhead and later held the Allies at bay for other units to retreat, before being withdrawn over the Rhine in March. It then opposed the 9th US Army’s advance across the Rhine, thus stopping the planned Allied breakthrough as well as opposing Operation Varsity’s airborne landings. With 2.800 men and 10 tanks against 50.000 Allied troops and supporting tanks, the division held off the US 30th, nickname “Old Hickory” the US 35th, the US 84th, nickname “The Railsplitters” the 4th Canadian and the US 8thArmored Divisions, nickname “Iron Snake” . General Field Marshal Walter Otto Model committed suicide in the woods after this defeat. On 18-04-1945, the majority of the division was forced to surrender to the 9th US Army, having been trapped in the Ruhr Pocket. It was described by the Commander of the 9th Army, nickname “Old Reliables” to New York Times reporter John MacCormac, in March 1945, as “the famed and best German Panzer Division”. Remnants of the division continued to fight in the Harz mountains until 30 April, only surrendering after all of their resources had been exhausted. Also buried here, General der Flieger, Kommodore Jagd Geschwader 51, Werner “Vatti” Mölders the Flyer Ace,
General der Infanterie, died after bomb attack in the Wolfsschanze, Rudolf Schmundt Hitler’s Adjutant who was killed in the bomb attack, on 29th July 1940, Oberst der Wehrmacht, Wilhelm Staehle and the Flyer Ace and a Goering favorite, Generaloberst der Flieger, Ernst Udet.