Falkenstein, Hans Freiherr von, born on 12-09-1893 in Dresden, entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker in the 100th Grenadier Regiment . With this Regiment he went into the fields of the first war and was as a Company Leader in British captivity on 30-08-1918 until 26-10-1919, as he was released. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr and with the outbreak of World War II he was Commander of the 7th Machine Gun Battalion, to 10-01-1940. Commander of the 103rd Infantry Regiment to 20-12-1941 and commander of the 14th Rifle Brigade to 20-02-1943. He landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know), to 20-03-1943 and delegated with the command of the 707th Infantry Division , to 25-04-1943. The 707th infantry division was one of the very few large Wehrmacht units that took part in the murdering of Jews on a great scale. Later in June the 707th division was encircled and destroyed by Soviet forces near Bobruisk. It was formally disbanded on 03-08- 1944. Von Falkenstein became commander of the 45th Infantry Division succeeding Generalleutnant Friedrich „Fritz“ Karl Kühlwein , from 01-05-1943 to 01-12-1943 and in the Reserve again to 25-02-1944. General Kühlwein survived the war and died age 79, on 25-09-1972 in Nürnberg. Commander of the 24th Infantry Division , succeeding Oberst Kurt Opelt who died age 79 on 20-03-1973, to 01-06-1944 and during the Operation Overlord he was again in the Reserve to 01-08-1944. Falkenstein’s last post was as Military Replacement Inspector in Dresden to 07-05-1945, as he landed in Soviet captivity. He was first released in 1955, by the intervention of Konrad Adenauer who influenced Josef Stalin
after several meetings.
Death and burial ground of Falkenstein, Hans Freiherr von.
Von Falkenstein lived in Hanover, where he at the old age of 87 died, on 30-10-1980. He is buried with his wife Ilse, born von Kaufmann, who died old age 90, in 1983, on the Engeshode cemetery in Hanover and only steps from the graves of the WWII Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Higher Artillery Commander 315, Walter Büchs, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 276th Volks Grenadier Division , Hugo Dempwolff, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur Headquarters of the OKH, Walter Gündell, SS Oberführer, Kommandeur 19th Waffen SS Grenadier Division , Friedrich Bock and SS Gruppenführer, Hans Wappenhaus.