Buddenbrock, Hans-Jobst Freiherr von, born on 21-06-1896 in Ohlau, Schlesien, the son of Alfred Emil Frhr. von Buddenbrock and Ellinor* Friederike Agnes Freifrau von Buddenbrock, joined the Army Service on 22-03-1914, age 17, shortly before the outbreak of World War I. He was a Leutnant and Battery Officer in the 3rd Guards Artillery Regiment. He ended the war as a Battery leader in the same Regiment. Buddenbrock was allowed to stay in the new Reichswehr and was commander of the 162nd Artillery Regiment with the outbreak of World War II. Taken ill, he landed in the Führer Reserve, from 20-11-1940 to 01-05-1941. He received the Medallion for the Winterschlacht im Osten , in 1942. After commander of the 188th Artillery Regiment and the Artillery Commander 124, he again is in the Führer Reserve, from 22-05-1943 to 03-10-1943.
The Führer Reserve (“Officers Reserve”) was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pool which they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führer Reserve. Examples: Major Karl August Meinel, 01-08-1942, was shifted into the Führerreserve, because on 13-01-1942 he wrote a critical report to General der Infanterie, Hermann Reinecke on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII-A by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst SD (security Service) of the Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler Stalag VII-A was north of Moosberg, a Bavarian town close to Munich. Hermann Reinecke died old age 85, on 10-10-1973. General der Infanterie, Georg Thomas , head of the Military Economics and Armament Office of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, played an essential role in drawing up the starvation policy for the occupied Eastern territories. He was transferred to the Officers Reserve on 20-11-1942 and arrested after the 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler because of his contacts with the resistance. Thomas died, age 56, 29-12-1946.