Bogatsch, Rudolf.

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Bogatsch, Rudolf, born on 14-09-1891 in Breslau, was a highly decorated General der Flieger in Hermann Göring’s (did you know) Luftwaffe during World War II, who commanded the IV. Flakkorps. He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. He joined the Army on 19-03-1910, as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st Schlesisches Feldartillerie-Regiment „von Peucker“. He participated in World War I and decorated with the both Iron Crosses, he ended the war as a Hauptmann. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr and climbed up to the rank of Generalleutnant of the Luftwaffe and is involved in the invasion of Holland see (Jan Ackermans)

 , Belgium and France.

Jan Ackermans an old soldier called up during the threat of a German attack. Soldier of the MC-II-11 Infantry Regiment. Nephew of my mother, killed on the Grebbeline on 13-05-1940, during the German invasion.

The Grebbe Line was a preliminary defense of the Dutch Water Line, a Dutch defense line based on inundation. This line ran through the Gelderland Valley from the Lower Rhine at the Grebbeberg in Rhenen along the Valleikanaal and the Eem to the Zuiderzee, later the IJsselmeer. The line is 60 kilometers long


A German army of approximately 23,000 men tried to break through the Grebbe Line at the Grebbeberg east of Rhenen. This was held back for three days by units of the II Army Corps – in particular the 8th and 19th infantry regiments – while the Dutch army brought in reserves. On May 13, a major Dutch counterattack north of the mountain failed; at the same time, on the mountain itself, the rear main position was overrun and the morale of the reserves broke, continuously bombarded by artillery fire and that day also by dive bombers, causing them to flee to the west. It was decided to evacuate the entire Grebbe line; On May 14, the Dutch Field Army was successfully taken back on the New Dutch Waterline, the eastern front of the Fortress of Holland.

The Grebbeberg Military Cemetery is the final resting place of many Dutch soldiers who died in May 1940. More than 400 soldiers buried here died in the immediate vicinity, at the Battle of the Grebbeberg. Since 1946, Dutch soldiers who died elsewhere have also been buried here. The cemetery now has almost 850 graves.

After the invasion of Russia, Bogatsch is promoted to General of the Flieger and decorated with the Iron Cross. Bogatsch was one year the commanding General of the Air Region of Vienna until September 1943 and landed in the Führer Reserve (see Hitler) (did you know). His last command from August 1944 was of the IV Flak Korps, succeeding General Otto-Wilhelm von Renz  and came in American captivity in Mai 1945. Bogatsch was released in the spring of 1946 and went to Munich, where he lived with many other disappointed fellow Generals. General Otto von Renz survived the war andn died, age 76, on 16-01-1968 in Bad Neuenahr.

Death and burial ground of Bogatsch, Rudolf.

   Rudolf Bogatsch died at the age of 78, on 05-06-1970 in Munich and is buried on the Waldfriedhof in Munich, alas Bogatsch’s grave stone is removed. On this cemetery are also buried the next persons, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Commander of the Troops Exercise Grounds in Maria ter Heide, Heinrich Curtze, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Wehrmacht Operaties Staff, Ernst Detleffsen, Franz Ritter von Epp,

Generalmajor der Kavallerie, Staff of the Inspector of Land Fortifications West, Gero von Gersdorf, Oberst der Wehrmacht, Highest German Commander on D-Day, Normandy, Ernst Goth, SS Obergruppenführer, Kommandeur General II SS Panzerkorps, Paul “Papa” Hausser SS Obersturmführer, Chef 1./SS Pz Grenadier Regiment 38 “Goetz von Berlichingen”, Bruno Hinz, Generaloberst der Flakartillerie, Günther Rüdel, Generalmajor der Flieger, Commander of the Air Defend Division, Max Ibel, aircraft desiner, Hugo Junkers, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der 4th Panzerdivision, Dietrich von Saucken, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Truppe 3, Ernst Weber, the bearer of the Nazi blood flag SS Standartenführer, Jacob Grimminger the scientist Werner Heisenberg, Generalmajor der Gebirgstruppe, Kommandeur der Jäger Regiment 100, Otto Schury, Goering’s second wife, Emmy Goering Sonnemann and the famous film maker  Leni Riefenstahl. “Triumpf of the Will”, the film chronicles the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in Nuremberg.

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