Frotscher, Werner

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Frotscher, Werner, born on 30-12-1894 in Croppenstedt, Halberstadt, joined the Army, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st Replacement Battalion of the 153rd Infantry Regiment, on 04-08-1914. He participated in World War I and was wounded  in hospital from 19-07-1916 to 28-08-1916 and ill in hospital from 17-6-1917 to 09-07-1917. Frotscher ended the war as a formation leader of the 32nd Panzer Platoon
 . He retired from the Service on 30-04-1923, reactivated in the growing Reichswehr  as a Hauptmann in the 13th Infantry Regiment on 15-09-1934. With the outbreak of World War II he was commander of the II Battalion of the 29th Infantry Regiment, until 21-12-1940. Following commander of the Watch Battalion in Berlin and landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know), on 15-09-42. Frotscher was again a commander now of the 270th Fusiliers Regiment to 08-12-1943, again in the Führer Reserve to 14-12-1943. Delegated with the leadership of the 176th Grenadier Regiment until 18-03-1944. Frotscher last command was of the 176th Grenadier Regiment with the 61st Infantry Division  under Generalleutnant der Infantry Günther Krappe  Krappe died old age 88, on 31-12-1981 in Altena. The division had a standard early war infantry establishment. It had three infantry regiments of three infantry battalions, a gun company and an antitank company each. It had an artillery regiment of four battalions, containing in total nine batteries of 105mm light Field Howitzers and 3 batteries of 150mm heavy Field Howitzers. It also had a full reconnaissance battalion, which included 3 armoured cars. Its equipment was German, with a personnel establishment of 15.500 men. For mobility it had over 500 trucks, as well as other motor vehicles and motorcycles. It also had nearly 5.000 horses, and its soldiers marched into battle on foot landed in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945 until his release in 1947. The division was redesignated as 61st Volksgrenadier Division  in October 1944, and continued fighting in the East under Army Groups North and Center. Evacuated to East Prussia, the division fought in the so-called Heiligenbeil pocket, caught between the advancing Soviets and the Frisches Haff. Once the “cauldron” collapsed in March 1945 the division was written off as a loss and its remaining assets were taken over by the 21st Infantry Division under Generalmajor der Infanterie Heinrich Götz    while the division staff was withdrawn to Königsberg commander, all falling into Soviet hands at the end of the war. Heinrich Götz died age 64 on 31-01-1960 in Oberaudorf.

Death and burial ground of Frotscher, Werner.

 Living in Lipburg, near Badenweiler, Frotscher died, at the age of 64, on 22-05-1959. He is buried with his wife Lena, who died age 85 in 1980, on the village cemetery of Lipburg.

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