Conrady, Alexander, born on 16-03-1903 in Neu Ulm, Bavaria, was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II, who commanded the 36th
and succeeded Generalleutnant Egon von Neindorff , who was killed in action on 15-04-1944, age 51
. He joined the Army Service of the new Reichswehr, on 09-04-1923, age 20, as a schütze, private in the 19th
Infantry Regiment. He became a Fährich on 01-10-1925, Oberfährich on 01-08-1926, Leutnant on 01-12-1926, Oberstleutnant on 01-04-1929 and Hauptmann on 01-12-1934. At the beginning of World War II he was Ordinance Officer I with the Staff of the 27th
under Generaloberst der Panzertruppe, Hans Jurgen von Arnim
to 01-07-1940. This division finally surrendered to the Sovier army near Görlitz at the end of April 1945. Conrady became the commander of the II Battalion of the 91st
Infantry Regiment, but landed already on 09-09-1940 in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
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), until 10-10-1940, meanwhile a Major. Conrady was Tactics Instructor with the Infantry Course of the 71st
Infantry Division, under command of General der Infanterie Friedrich Herrlein
to 25-03-1941. Friedrich Herrlein
surrendered to the British troops in 1945 and was interned until 1948. He died age 84, on 28-07-1974 in Giessen an der Lahn. The 71st
Infantry Division, now under command of Generalleutnant Wilhelm Raapke
who died age 73 on 28-01-1970 in Hamburg, was reconstituted over the summer and then served in Italy from the fall of 1943 through the end of 1944, almost ground to destruction at the Battle of Monte Cassino.
The remnants then spent time in northern Italy where they opposed 1st
Canadian Infantry Division, nickname “The Old Red Patch”
north of the Metauro River and on the Gothic Line with very heavy losses. The infantry battalions of the 1st
Division suffered 52.559 casualties during its years in the field, some 15.055 of them fatal—statistically, representing almost the original strength of the entire division. Twenty-four soldiers of the division were awarded the Victoria Cross
. The Canadian commander was Guy Granville Simonds
Following this, 71st
fought in Hungary, finally surrendering to the British near St. Veith in Austria.
Again several weeks in the Reserve and then commander of the Ist
Battalion of the 118th
Infantry Regiment, until 15-09-1942. He is assigned, until 19-02-1944, as the commander of the 118th
Infantry Regiment. Conrady is detached to the 10th
Leaders Course, until 29-02-1944. As commander of the 36th
he succeeded Generalleutnant Egon von Neindorff, Neindorff was killed in Tarnopol, Russia on 15-04-1944, age 51.
Conrady was in Soviet captivity, until 09-10-1955, eleven years.