Freye, Johannes.

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Freye, Johannes, born 16-12-1878 in Magdeburg, entered the Army Service on 01-10-1897, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 13th Pioneer Battalion. Johannes was in the fields of the first war and ended the war in the War Ministry of Württemburg. Freye retired from the Army on 31-03-1931, but reactivated again in the growing Reichswehr on 01-04-1932. With the outbreak of World War II Freye was a Supplemental Officer. He was assigned with the Field Equipment Inspection RWM and later OKH until 01-07-1941. He was promoted to Generalmajor on 01-07-1942. Freye was commander of the Army Weapon Master School I until 15-01-1943. He landed in the infamous Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know), until 30-06-1943 and not a battlefield General and not useful for Hitler’s war fare Freye was retired on 30-06-1943, age 65. The Führer Reserve (“Officers Reserve”) was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pool which they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führerreserve.

Death and burial ground of Freye, Johannes.


Retiring in Ulm, Freye died at the age of 73, on 28-10-1952 and is buried with his wife Emma, born Widmann, who died age 85 in 1968, on the Neuen Friedhof of Ulm and close by the graves of the WWII Generalmajor der Pioniere, Kommandeur der XXI Heeresgruppe, Robert Eimler, Flyer Ace, 53 victories, Wilhelm “Willi” Kientsch, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 25th Panzer Division , Oskar von der Audörsch
  . By the end of January 1945, the division had lost 622 men killed, 2.318 wounded, and 6.030 missing, a total of 8.970 casualties in only six weeks.

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