Biegeleben, Arnold Christiaan Rüdiger Joseph Maria Freiherr von, born on 16-04-1883 in Hanover was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II, who commanded the 6th Infantry-Division. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. Biegeleben entered the Army service as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st Großherzoglich Hessischen 25th Feld-Artillerie-Regiment, the Großherzoglichen Artillerie-Korps. He during World War I, at the age 31, is fighting at the Western Front, near the river Maas in Reims, at Verdun, Cambrai and at the Somme, all the big battles. At the end of the war he is an Adjutant in the Generalkommando of the VI. Reserve-Korps under command of General der Infantry Kurt von dem Borne . Von dem Borne died age 86 on 22-11-1933. Von Biegeleben also remained in the new Reichswehr. Biegeleben as commander of the 6th Infantry Division , succeeded General der Pioniere, Walter Kuntze,
Kuntze here with Fieldmarshal of the Infantry, Wilhelm Sigmund List in English prison, died age 77, on 01-04-1960 in Detmold, participated in the Western Invasion in 1940, where he with his division, as first and only, can cross the river Seine under Paris. His division destroyed the last defenders and Paris was captured. Von Biegeleben is awarded with the Knight’s Cross on 05-08-1940.
Death and burial ground of Biegeleben, Arnold Christiaan Rüdiger Joseph Maria Freiherr von.
Shortly after this battle, von Biegeleben died of heart failure in Jullouville, in France, on 11-10-1940, at the age of 57. Freiherr von Biegeleben is buried, between his soldiers, on the War Cemetery of La Cambe. Near his grave are also buried the man responsibly for the massacre of Oradour sur Glane,
SS Sturmbannführer, “ Das Reich Division, Adolf Reinhold Diekmann
and Panzer Ace SS Hauptsturmführer, Zugführer 13 SS Panzer Regiment 1 “LSSAH”, Michael Wittmann and his crew. Also the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Chef der ST Panzergruppe West, Sigismund Edler von Dawans
and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 326th Infanterie Division , Victor Drabich Waechter.