Fahrmbacher, Wilhelm, born on 19-09-1888, in Zweibrücken, seven months before Adolf Hitler (did you know), joined the Army on 18-07-1907, age 18, in the 5th Feldartillerie-Regiment „König Alfons XIII. von Spanien“ in Landau. He is all the time on the Western Front in France during World War I and ends the war as a Hauptmann. He is allowed in the new Reichswehr , on 31-07-1937 promoted to Generalmajor and at the beginning of World War II, he is promoted to Generalleutnant with the command of the 5th Infantry Division. He is fighting during the Poland invasion and in Mai 1940 transferred to the Western Front against France. He becomes a General on 20-10-1940 with the command of the VIII Army Corps and involved in Operation Barbarossa in June 1941. He is temporary in the Führer Reserve and assigned in Mai 1942 as commander of the XXV Army Corps in France. Shortly after the beginning of Operation Overlord he becomes commander of Army Group Normandy, but loses this post soon and assigned as commander of the units in Bretagne. When the Allied start the attack on Bretagne he had to retreat with his troops to Lorient, but surrounded by the 4th Infantry Division under command of Major General Walter Prosser, on 09-08-1944. The 4th division ha d the next casualties during there European campaign: total battle casualties: 22.660, killed in action: 4.097, wounded in action: 17.371, missing in action: 461, prisoner of war: 731 and days of combat: 299
After little resistance Fahrmbacher here with Erwin Rommel in Normandy surrendered with 10.000 men to the American Forces, on 10-05-1945. He is in American captivity and later in French and first released on 10-08-1950. In 1955 Farmbacher as the leader of a group of sixty military experts, old Wehrmacht members, went to Syria to help the new government there.
Death and burial ground of Fahrmbacher, Wilhelm.
, General Fahrmbacher lived in Garmisch Partenkirchen, where he at the old age of 81 died on 27-04-1970 and he is buried with his wife Elisabeth, who died age 85 on 23-08-1977, on the Stadtfriedhof of Garmisch. Beautiful Garmisch Partenkirchen was a popular city to live after the war and on the Garmisch cemetery are buried the next Generalmajor der Infanterie, Commander of Military Command Halle, Saale, Edgar Grün, General der Artillerie, Kommandeur 16th Armeekorps, Christian Hansen, Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandant Festung Pillau, Eduard Hauser, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur Artillerie Regiment Fallschirmjäger, Iwan von Ilsemann, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 121th Infanterie Division , Otto Lancelle, he succeeded General Curt Jahn. General Kurt Jahn, or Curt Jahn, was commander in Lombardy, Italy. Born in Schmalkalden, Germany, Jahn was captured west of Milan on 01-05-1945 and interned in Britain as a prisoner of war until May 1948. Jahn died in Coburg on 07-11-1966, age 74.
Also buried here Oberst der Flieger, Organisater of “Zahme Sau “ tactics, Victor von Lossberg, Generalleutnant der Flieger, command of the 12/13 Air Material Group, Theodor Triendl, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur des Flughafen-Bereichs 2/XVII, Wilhelm Voelk, General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Belgium-France, Wilhelm Wimmer and Admiral, Reichs Commissioner at the Upper Prize Court in Berlin, Hermann Densch.