Drebber, Moritz Otto Wilhelm Heinrich von, born on 12-02-1892 in Oldenburg, was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht who commanded the 297th Infanterie-Division . He was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross . The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Drebber entered the Army on 14-3-1911, 19 years old, as a Fähnrich in the 91st Infantry Regiment. As the leader of the MG company of the 79th Infantry Regiment he went to war and was soon wounded in hospital from 30-09-1914 to 17-11-1914. He was retired from the Army on 27-03-1920 and joined the Police Service. Drebber was reactivated in the growing Reichswehr on 01-10-1934, as Company Chief in the Infantry Regiment in Osnabrück. At the beginning of World War II he was Commander of the 327th Infantry Regiment, until 01-08-1941, as he landed again wounded in hospital to 02-10-1941. Drebber was following commander of the 523rd Infantry Regiment and the 297th Infantry Division, where he succeeded General der Artillerie, Kommandeur IV Heeresgruppe, Max Pfeffer
. The division was recreated in Bordeaux in the summer of 1943 before being sent over to Yugoslavia in July, where it took part in anti-partisan activities. In November, elements of the division were transferred-over to the newly-formed 367th Infantry Division. In February 1944, its commanding officer, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Friedrich Wilhelm Deutsch, was injured in a car accident in Vlorè, dying the following month, age 52 on 02-03-1945; Generalleutnant Otto Gullmann Gullmann died age 75 on 02-01-1963, in Saalfeld-Oberalting, took over for several days before command transferred to Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 297th Infanterie Division, Albrecht Baier. By the autumn of 1944, the division was in a retreat to Montenegro from the growing forces of Josip Broz Tito, soon after being under attacked from the approaching Soviet Army. The division remained active up until German surrender in May, 1945, when its men gave themselves up to the Yugoslavs He was captured by the Russians as Moritz von Drebber was surrendered on 25-01-1943 during the Battle of Stalingrad and joined the National Committee for a Free Germany,
this was a German anti-Nazi organization that operated in the Soviet Union during World War II, together with General der Artillerie, Walther von Seydlitz Kurzbach and Generalfeldmarschall der Infanterie, Friedrich von Paulus.
Death and burial ground of Drebber, Moritz Otto Wilhelm Heinrich von.
Von Drebber was released in 1949 and lived in his hometown Oldenburg, where he at the age of 76 died, on 30-05-1968. Von Drebber, high decorated, is buried with his wife Ilse, born Goering, who died age 63 on 30-04-1965, on the Stadtfriedhof of Oldenburg, close by the grave of the WWII Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 544th Volks Grenadier Division, Werner Ehrig.