Baltzer, Martin, born 04-10-1889 in Strehla, Sachsen, six months after Adolf Hitler, entered the Army Service on 01-04-1910. He was for one year a volunteer in the 107th Infantry Regiment. He was transferred to the 179th Infantry Regiment on 15-07-1910 and promoted to Leutnant on 23-09-1911. From 01-10-1913 he is with the 7th Signal Battalion and at the beginning of the first war he is platoon commander and later Company Chief of the 3rd Army Signal Battalions. Promoted to Oberleutnant on 11-11-1915. During World War I he was in different ranks in different Signal Battalions. Baltzer remained in the new Reichswehr and at the beginning of World War II he as an Oberst, was the commander of the Army Signals Group 1, until 01-09-1943. After a command in Norway, he landed in the Führer Reserve, from 15-04-1944 until 07-08-1944. On 20-04-1941 Baltzer is promoted to Generalmajor. He was detached to the commander of France, for use as a Field Commander, until 15-09-1944. After two weeks in the Führer Reserve (see Hitler) (did you know) again, he as commander of the 172nd Division was captured by the British, he stayed in prison until his release on 18-07-1947. His son Christian, born 20-07-1922, a Fahnenjunker, age 21, is missed in Stalingrad, Russia. After the war, Baltzer lived in Wiesbaden with fellow Generals as, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 560, Besancon, Paul Felbert
, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandant Flughafen Bezirk 8/VI, Anton Heidenreich, Generalmajor der Pioniere, Kommandeur der 87th Grenadier Battallion, Hans Halke, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 145th Artillerie Division, Rudolf Henrici and Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der LIX Armee Korps, Hellmuth von Chevallerie . The famous WWI Flyer Ace Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, is buried in Wiesbaden too next to his brother flyer ace, Manfred von Richthofen and brother Lothar.
Death and burial ground of Baltzer, Martin.
Generalmajor Martin Baltzer died on 13-08-1955, at the age of 65. He is buried with his wife Adelheid, born Hartenstein, who died age 85 on 27-09-1982, on the cemetery of Sonnenberg, in Wiesbaden, together with SS Oberführer, Arthur Ax, Führer of the 15th SS-Freiwilligen Division , a Latvian Division and in postwar Poland soldiers of the division had been accused in killing 32 Polish soldiers (bound with barbed wire and burned alive) Also the 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland, with Dutch volunteers was involved in this war crime. Commander was the Dutch General Hendrik Alexander Seyffart
who after answering a knock at his front door in Scheveningen, Den Haag, was shot twice by the Dutch resistant student Johannes Adrianus Jozef “Jan” Verleun , on 05-02-1943, age 70. Verleun was captured by the Germans on 07-01-1944, tortured and executed on 07-01-1944, age 24, on the Waalsbergrvlakte, where on 07-05-1946 the Dutch NSB leader, Anton Mussert , age 51, was also executed as a war criminal. Other Generals buried there are, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur stellv, XII. Armee-Korps, Albrecht Steppuhn, Generalmajor der Pioniere, Commander of the Fortress Pointe de Gavre , Fritz Meyer and Generalmajor der Panzertruppe, Stabchef Wehrkreis VII, Bernard Lossberg.