Erich Clößner, born 17-09-1888 in Giessen the son of Oberst Lorenz Peter Franz von Gottberg (born 05-01-1862 in Frankfurt an der Oder). Erich joined the 9th Rheinische Infanterie Regiment Nr 160 in Bonn , as a Leutnant, age 18. He is wounded in hospital and ends the first war as officer for Special Tasks, in the XXV. Reservekorps. Clössner is allowed in the new Reichswehr , with only 2 cavalry and 8 infantry divisions, and climbed up to the Generalleutnant and Wehrersatz-Inspekteur in Innsbruck, at the beginning of World War II. After the Poland invasion he is assigned as commander of the 25th Infantry Regiment and as a successful commander on the Western front awarded with the Ritterkreuz , on 19-09-1940. On 25-01-1942 he becomes the commander of the III. Armeekorps and on 16-03-1942 promoted to General of the Infantry. Clössner lands in the infamous Führer Reserve on 07-08-1943, but gets the command of the IX. Armeekorps, their first commander was on 01-10-1934, Generaloberst der Waffen SS, Friedrich Dollmann
. where he succeeded Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Hans Schmidt Schmidt died age 71, on 05-06-1948, in Stuttgart. Succeeded by General der Artillerie, Commander Feld Artillerie Regiment 40, Rolf Wuthmann
and again temporary in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) from 03-12-1943 and Chief of Sonderstabes I in the OKH . His son Leutnant Wolfgang was killed in action, age 22, in 1943 in Russia. From 04-12-1944 until 01-01-1945 in the Reserve, then transferred to the Reichspropaganda-Ministerium and in captivity from 08-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Clössner, Erich Philipp Karl Albert Reinhard.
Erich Clößner was married to Irene Franziska Gabriele, born von Gottberg (born 27-03-1894 in Charlottenburg; died 04-02-1992), the war wedding took place on 02-02-1915 in Detmold. Erich Clößner’s father was Oberst Lorenz Peter Franz von Gottberg (born 05-01-1862 in Frankfurt an der Oder/died 17-08-1918, age 56), among others. Commander of the infantry regiment “Graf Bülow von Dennewitz” (6th Westphalian) No. 55, who on 17-08-1918 as commander of the 96th Reserve Infantry Brigade (since 22-06-1918) at Vitry-en- Artois had fallen in France and was buried in the Blomberger Strasse cemetery in Detmold. Released in 1947, Erich lived in Braunfels, Bodensee and died at the old age of 87, on 28-03-1976 in Konstanz, Claude Dornier, the war airplane builder, is buried here.
Erich Clössner, high decorated, is buried on the small cemetery of Braunfels.