Feyerabend, Gerhard

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Feyerabend, Gerhard, born on 29-04-1898 at the Gut Dopsattel in Königberg, Prussia, was the son of “Rittergutsbesitzer” Eugen Feyerabend, who was born 08-02-1860 and died 18-01-1901 and Anna Claassen, who was born 20-04-1870 and died 13-01-1943. Between 1906 and 1911 he was educated at the Gymnasium in Königsberg. With 13 years young he started his military career at the Kadettenschule in Köslin  in 1911, followed by the Hauptkadettenanstalt in Berlin-Lichterfelde from 1914 until 1916. On 29-03-1916 he was promoted to Fähnrich and joined the 82nd Feld-Artillerie-Regiment from 1916 until 1918. with this unit he was active at the Eastern Front and took part in the Battle at Kowel. He was promoted to Leutnant on 05-12-1916. In 1917 he was transferred to the west and took part in the Battle for Verdun. After the First World War, Feyerabend joined the newly formed Reichwehr . On 18-07-1924 he married Bratricken Erna Reschke, born 16-06-1901. He was promoted to Oberleutnant on 31-07-1925 and his promotion to Hauptmann followed on 01-04-1933. On 09-05-1935 the couple Gerhard and Bratricken became the parent to daughter Marie-Louise. Gerhard Feyerabend was promoted to Major on 02-08-1936. From 1937 he was active as Ia with Generalstab 24th Division  under command of Generalmajor Werner Kienitz  . Kienitz survived the war and died 31-12-1959 (aged 74). Feyerabend was promoted to Oberstleutnant on 20-03-1939. In September 1939, when the war broke out, Feyerabend took part in the Polish Campaign. During the campaign in the West he acted as Ia in Generalstab XXXX. Armeekorps, under General der Kavallerie, Georg Stumme
, which was followed by the Yugoslavian Campaign in 1941 as Ia in Stab 2nd Army and in the Soviet campaign with the same occupation. Georg Stumme, unlike Marschall, Erwin Rommel,  traveled without the protection of an escort and radio car. On 24 October Stumme and Oberst Büchting drove to the front to review the situation. On the way to the command post, the car came into open view and was attacked. Stumme’s companion Büchting was killed by a shot in the head. Stumme was uninjured, but suffered a heart attack and died, age 56. His body was found the following day. He was replaced by General der Panzertruppe, Wilhelm Ritter von Thoma Feyerabend was promoted to Oberst on 09-11-1941. On 15-12-1941 he was appointed to Generalstabchef  of the XXVII. Armeekorps, under Generalleutnant Eccard Freiherr von Gablenz  who died old age 87 on 17-12-1978 in Rheinbach. On 02-08-1943 followed the appointment to Chef des Generalstabes 1. Armee and he was promoted to Generalmajor on 20-02-1944. At this time he was transferred to the Western Front. On 09-11-1944, Feyerabend was appointed to Commander of the 11th Infanterie-Division   in the Kurland area. He was the successor of Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Hellmuth Reymann  , who died at the very old age of 96, on 08-12-1988, in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Feyerabend was finally promoted to Generalleutnant on 23-02-1945. On 10-05-1945 he landed in Soviet captivity with the remains of his division. Later he was to find out that his wife and daughter were killed by Soviet military on 30-01-1945. He was finally released from imprisonment on 10-07-1947.

Death and burial ground of Feyerabend, Gerhard.

   After his imprisonment, Gerhard Feyerabend retired in Rottach-Egern, Bavaria until he died on 17-11-1965, age 67. Feyerabend is buried on the Catholic cemetery of Rottach Eggern where close by the graves of General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der 116th Panzer Division   , Graf Gerhard von Schwerin
   Oberst der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur Panzer Regiment ” Brandenburg”, Goerne Plaue and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Completion Office of the XVII Army Corps, August Wagner.

 

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