Erhard, Alfred, born 15-04-1899 in Aschaffenburg, son of the retired major Anton Erhard and his wife Meta, joined the Army as a platoon leader in the 2nd Bavarian Infantry Regiment on 15-07-1916, 17 years old. He was in the fields of the first war as a MG Officer. He was transferred to the Police Service with the State Police Bavaria from 18-11-1919 to 30-09-1926 and promoted to Leutnant on 18-11-1919, Oberleutnant on 01-07-1924, Hauptmann on 01-05-1932. Transferred to the Luftwaffe with the Staff of the 1st Battalion of the 5 Flak Regiment to 30-09-1936. Officer with the Staff and Battery Chief 4 in the 1/28th Flak Regiment to 30-11-1936. He went on a General Staff Training at the Air War Academy in Berlin Gatow, the airfield from where Hanna Reitsch
started the trip to Hitler in Berlin as Goering was replaced by von Greim. They landed infront of the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, on 26-04-1945. The two later had an relation. Erhard was assigned as a Major now to Group Commander in the 23rd Bomber Wing to 31-08-1938. Chief of Operations Ia in the Staff of the 7th Flying Division to 31-01-1939. Appointed as Oberstleutnant with the outbreak of World War II he was Group Director III with the General Quartermaster, in Herman Goering’s (did you know) Luftwaffe, until 06-07-1940. Erhard became Battalion commander of the 38th Flak Regiment to 30-11-1940. He was Chief in Staff of the Air Region Command West France, until 30-11-1943, now an Oberst. Than commander of the Motorised Flak Brigade V to 30-07-1944.
Death and burial ground of Erhard, Alfred.
His last command, meanwhile a Major General, was of the 7th Flak Division until 17-04-1945, as Erhard committed suicide in Düsseldorf, at the age of 46. Erhard is buried on the Nordfriedhof, war cemetery section, in Düsseldorf. Close by are the graves of different “famous” WW II personalities, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 271th Volkgrenadier Division, Martin Bieber, Hitler’s Press Chief, Otto Dietrich, the former commander of concentration camp Westerbork,
in the Netherlands, SS Obersturmführer, Albert Gemmeker. Anna Frank, Adolf Eichmann and her family, father, mother and sister Margo, were integrated in this camp, before leaving to Bergen Belsen, where they died, father Otto Frank survived, he died old age 91, on 19-08-1980,
remarried in Bazel, Switzerland. Hitler’s favourite architects Hermann Giesler and Arno Breker, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 526th Infanterie Division, Fritz Kühne, diplomat in Paris, Ernst vom Rath, killed in Paris by the Jewish boy Grynspan
General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 1st Panzer Division, Walter Nehring, and SS Obergruppenführer, Höhere SS und Polizei Führer Nord, Fritz Weitzel.