Gaissert, Victor, born 03-01-1879 in Stuttgart, joined the Army on 24-03-1896, age 17, as a Fähnrich in the 139th Saxon Infantry Regiment. With the outbreak of the first war he was as a Hauptmann and Leader of the Airship School Command. He participated during the war and ended as commander of the Airships of the 2nd Army. Gaissert retired from the Luftwaffe on 28-02-1931 and placed to disposal of the Army on 26-08-1939. Commander of the internment Camp XII in Nuremberg to 22-11-1939. Gaisser was following commander of POW camp Oflag XII, in Hadamar and of POW camp Stalag XII in Limburg until 19-07-1940. He was commander of POW District IX in France and Commander of POW’s in area Wehrmacht Commander Eastern Territories, until 01-11-1942. Gaissert, not a battlefield General, landed in the Führer Reserve of Adolf Hitler (did you know), until 31-01-1943 and retired on 31-01-1943. The Führerreserve (“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.Examples: Major Karl August Meinel, 01-08-1942, was shifted into the Führerreserve, because on 13-01-1942 he wrote a critical report to General Hermann Reinecke on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII-A by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst SD (security Service) of the Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler Stalag VII-A was north of Moosberg, a Bavarian town close to Munich. Hermann Reinecke died old age 85, on 10-10-1973.
General Georg Thomas , head of the Military Economics and Armament Office of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, played an essential role in drawing up the starvation policy for the occupied Eastern territories. He was transferred to the Officers Reserve on 20-11-1942 and arrested after the 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler because of his contacts with the resistance. Thomas died, age 56, 29-12-1946.
Generaloberst der Infanterie, Head of the Army General Staff from 1938 until September, 1942, Franz Halder, head of the Army General Staff, planned army operations from 1939 to 1941. He was dismissed in 1942 and transferred to the Officers Reserve. After the assassination attempt on Hitler of 20 July 1944, his involvement in a conspiracy in 1938 came to light, which led to his arrest and imprisonment in Flossenbürg concentration camp.
. He was freed by U.S. troops in May 1945. In camp Flossenburg, Wilhelm Canaris and Hans Paul Oster were killed only days before the end of the war. Walther von Brauchitsch became Supreme Commander of the Army in 1938 and was decisively involved in planning Operation Barbarossa. He was dismissed on 19-12-1941 because of the military defeat at Moscow and transferred Officers Reserve.
Death and burial ground of Gaissert, Victor.
Living in Wiesbaden Gaissert died of an illness, at the age of 66, on 21-03-1945 and is buried with his wife Charlotte, who died in 1980, on the Nordfriedhof of Wiesbaden, Close by the graves of the as the as Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur 170th Infanterie Division, Franz Bentivegni
, General der Infanterie, Kommandeur der LXIII Heeresgruppe, Ernst Dehner
, Generalleutnant der Kavallerie, Jurist Reichs Kriegsgericht, Friedrich Eberhardt
, Generalleutant der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 172nd Division, Kurt Fischer
, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der Raketten Artillerie Truppe, Ernst Graewe
, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Versorgung, Friedrich Hanesse
, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur der 4th Fallschirmjägerluftflotte, Battle for Stalingrad, Hans von Herudt von Rhode
, General der Flieger, Erich Keiser
, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Leader of firing Commission with the Air Fleet Reich, in Wiesbaden, Erich Homberg
, Generalmajor der Flieger, Commander of POW’s Military District III, Herbert Giese
, Generaloberst der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 15th Division , D-Day, Hans von Salmuth
Generalmajor der Wehrmacht, Friedrich Unger
, Generalleutnant der Wehrmacht, Chef des Generalstabes vom Generalkommando XXXIII: Armeekorps, Bruno Uthmann
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Command of the X Army, Hanns Adolf Voigt
, Generalmajor der Flieger, 8th Department der Luftwaffe, Horst Voigt-Rusheweyh
and Vice Admiral, Marineattaché, Ralf von Marwitz