Forst, Werner, born 21-12-1892 in Magdeburg, son of Oberst Eduard Forst, who died age 56 in 1915 on the battlefields of the first war and Gertrud Rockstroh, who died age 83 in 1948. He entered the Army in April 1905 as a cadet and on 03-04-1911, age 18, as Fähnrich in the 1st Elsässisches Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 15 in Saarburg. He participated in World War I as a Battery Officer and received both the Iron Crosses . Forst was allowed in the 100.000 men Reichswehr and was promoted to Oberst on 01-08-1939. He was on the battlefields in Poland as commander of the 76th Artillery Regiment and then transferred to the Western Front with his Regiment until 30-11-1940, as he lands in the Führer Reserve . In January 1941 he was assigned as Artillerie-Kommandeur 146 of the Motorized Corps Lemelsen. Became the command of the 293rd Infantery Division and on 01-02-1942 promoted to Generalmajor. The 293rd Infantry Division was formed on 08-02-1940 and suffered heavy losses on the Eastern Front. The remnants of the division served as the basis of the 359th Infantry Division under Generalleutnant Karl Arndt and the Divisions-Gruppe 293. Karl Arndt died 30-12–1981, age 89, in Balve-Langenholthausen / Sauerland
With the command of the 106th Infanterie Division from 01-01-1943, he succeeded General Arthur Kummler, Forst earns the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 29-08-1943, for his bravery leading in the heavy battles in the region of Krementsthug, Russia. General Arthur Kummler would die in Russian captivity, age 56, on 28-03-1956, in Sverlovsk. Forst was succeeded by Generalleutnant Siegfried von Rekowski and from 01-06-1944, D-Day battles, until the end of the war Generalleutant Forst was Inspector of the Artillery with the commander of the Replacement Army. He landed in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945 and was released in June 1947.
Death and burial ground of Forst, Werner.
Retiring in Wiesbaden after the war with many colleague Generals, he died at the age of 78, on 03-02-1971 and is buried with his wife Marie Luise, born Westermann, who died old age 97 in 1999, on the Südfriedhof of Wiesbaden in between of his comrades, Wiesbaden, a very popular place for Generals and the next Generals are buried there, General der Infanterie, Commandeur der 76th Infanterie Division, Erich Abraham, General der Artillerie/Flieger, General der Artillerie/Flieger. Kommandeur der 4th Panzer Heeresgruppe, Alexander Andrea, General der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 145th Artillerie Division, Rudolf Henrici, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Director of Replacement Army Corps XII, Max von Basse, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur III Luftwaffe Ersatz Battalion, Wolf von Biedermann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 7th Infanterie Regiment, Bohnstedt
, Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur der LIX Armee Korps, Helmut von Chevallerie, Hauptsturmführer der Waffen SS, Kommandeur 10th SS-Panzer-Division Frundsberg , Lothar Debes
Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 153th Feld Division, Karl Edelmann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 560, Besancon, Paul von Felbert, Generalleutnant Inspekteur der Artillerie, Kommandeur 106th Infanterie Division, Werner Forst, Generalmajor der Pioniere, Kommandeur der 87th Grenadier Battallion, Hans Halke, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur General VII AK,Ernst Hell, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandant Flughafen Bezirk 8/VI, Anton Heidenreich, Generalstabarzt der Wehrmacht, Dr. Walter Kittel, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Schule Infanterie /Kavallerie, Kurt Lindner, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Lufwaffe Ersatz Division, Franz Nowak, General der Polizei, Oskar Wantke and Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur of Magdeburg, 1944, Hans Zanthier. The World War I flyer aces Red BaronManfred von Richthofen and brother Lothar.