Bamler, Josef Karl Josef, born 06-05-1896 in Osterburg, was attached to the Abwehr
as the head of section III, counterespionage and here he helped to encourage closer co-operation with the Gestapo
and Sicherheitsdienst (SD). This role also meant that Bamler maintained a network of informers across German society rival led only by that of the SD. Although he had a difficult personal relationship with his superior Wilhelm Canaris
the two co-operated closely in supporting Canaris’ friend Bahamond Franco
. Following the outbreak of the World War II, Bamler was appointed Chief of Staff of Wehrkreis VII, in Munich before a transfer to the same role in XX, in Danzig. Bamler was then made Chief of Staff to the XXXXVII Panzer Corps, under command of General der Artillerie Joachim Lemelsen
in 1940. Lemelsen survived the war and died 30-03-1954, aged 65 in Göttingen. From 1942 to 1944 Bamler was Chief of Staff to the German Army in Norway under Generaloberst der Infanterie, Kommandeur Heeresgruppe Norwegen, Nikolaus von Falkenhorst
having risen to the rank of Generalleutnant. Bamler was then transferred to the Eastern Front and from 1 to 27 June he was commander of the 121st
, before being replaced by General der Infanterie, Helmuth Prieß.
Helmuth Prieß was killed on 21-10-1944, age 48, in Hasenrode, East Prussia. Bamler was simultaneously commander of the 12th
, with Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Gerhard Engel
his replacement and who became the adjutant of Hitler
Bamler’s commands ended as he had surrendered to the Red Army on 27-06-1944. He was a member of the,
National Committee of Free Germany in Russia,
with Generalfeldmarschall, Friedrich Paulus “Der Lord”
Bamler settled in East Germany, Gross Glieneke near the Wannsee, close to the Villa Wannsee, (see Reinhard Heydrich) (see Adolf Eichmann) and worked as a Stasi police officer there from 1946 until his retirement in 1962. He also held the rank of Generalmajor in the Kasernierte Volkspolizei. Living in Gross Glienicke, Bamler died at the age of 77, on 13-03-1972 and is buried with his wife Auguste, who died at the very old age of 98, on the old section of the local cemetery in Gross Glienicke, a suburb of Berlin.