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Bernard, Curt
Bernard, Curt, born 09-12-1886 in Berlin, the Gauleiter of Berlin was Joseph Goebbels (did you know), was a Fahnenjunker, as he 18 years old, on 26-03-1905 entered the Army Service in the Königlich Preußische Armee. He came with the 15th Dragoon Regiment and detached to the Riding School in Paderborn on 01-10-1906 and in Hanover from 01-10-1910. Detached to the War Academy on 01-10-1912 and started a Observer training with the 4th Field Flying Battalion. Appointed as the director of the Observer School of the Test Park West and following the leader of the 19th Field Flying School. During World War I he was fighting on the front and awarded with the Iron Cross  and ended the war, being a Rittmeister, as the Chief Operations Ia in the General Staff in the Corps Karl “Knoerzer”.  Bernard was one of the lucky to be integrated in the new 100.000 men Reichswehr in between the both wars. On 01-04-1937 he was released of the command of the 3rd Schützen Brigade and assigned as Chief of the General Staff of Gruppenkommando 4. Landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (see William Hitler) and is promoted to Generalleutnant on 01-10-1939. With the start of World War II he was the Chief of the General Staff of Army Group Command 4. In December 1940 he becomes the new commander of the 78th Infantry Division  , former commander Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Hans Traut,   Traut died age 79 on 09-12-1974 in Darmstadt. Owing to an illness, a stroke, Bernard is in the Führer Reserve and was succeeded by Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Heribert von Larisch. Heribert von Larisch  was arrested by American troops on 15-06-1945. He was held in captivity for almost two years before his release on 01-07-1947. He died on 16-05-1972 in Hamburg. Bernard Commander of the 178th Motorized Division to 01-05-1942 and again because of an illness in the Reserve and finally retired on 30-06-1943. He still after the war was captured by the Soviet Forces and brought to Russia. Bernard’s both sons, didn’t survive the war, Dieter born 12-01-1923, was killed on 07-09-1943, age 20 and Jürgen, born 27-07-1924, also age 20, on 17-08-1944.

Death and burial ground of Bernard, Curt.

Released at the end of 1949, Curt Bernard lived in Göttingen and died age 67, on 12-02-1954 and is buried with his wife Virginie, born Könnemann, who died age 83, on 06-02-1985, on the Stadtfriedhof of Göttingen, nearby the graves of many Generals, as Generalleutnant der Flieger, Chief of Field Economics Office, OKW, Wilhelm  Becker, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur 34th Division, Wilhelm Bremer, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 4th Panzer Grenadier Division, Fritz Gräser, Generalleutnant der Infantrie, Kommandeur der 83th Infanterie Division Wilhelm Heun, General der Infanterie, Commander of 4th Heeresgruppe, Friedrich Hossbach
  , Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur 33rd Artillerie Ersatz Regiment, Emiel Klie, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Heeres Regio 593, Walter Krause, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Inspector of Smook Troops and Gas defence, Erwin Leister, General der Flieger, Luftwaffe Broadcast Speaker Wehrmacht Propaganda, Erich Quade and Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur vom WBK Königsberg II, Rudolf  Scheller.




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