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 during the . 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 in 1940. From 1942 to 1944 he 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 Infantry Division , 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 Infantry Division , 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 von Paulus “Der Lord”
the 6th Army commander in Stalingrad and General der Artillerie, Walter von Seydlitz Kurzbach. However embittered by what he saw as the sacrifice of his division Bamler defected to the Soviet Union that had captured him.
Death and burial ground of Bamler, Josef Karl Josef.
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.
Cemetery and grave location of Bamler, Josef Karl Josef.