Gihr, Gustav, born 18-08-1894 in Geisingen, District Villingen, joined the Army Service 10-01-1914 as Fahnenjunker in 98th
Infantry Regiment. After his duty assignment at the war college in Kassel and promotion to second leutnant, Gihr joined, 02-08-1914, the 98th
Infantry Regiment in the fields of the first war. On 11-09-1914 Gihr was wounded
and in a military hospital, where he remained until September 22. Gihr returned, December 1914, to the 98th
Infantry Regiment in the field. On 10-02-1915 he became company leader in his regiment. On 29-09-1915 Gihr was again wounded and transported to a military hospital. He was wounded three more times and became on 18-05-1918, 2nd
Ordnance officer on the Staff of the 12th
Reserve Division. Gihr was allowed in the new Reichswehr
and on 16-12-1939 Gihr became commander of 367th
Infantry Regiment. On 01-04-1940 he was promoted to Oberstleutnant. On 05-09-1942 he landed in the Führer Reserve. On 10-09-1942 he became commander of 725th
Fortress Infantry Regiment. Subsequently he led, 16-01-1943 to 28-02-1943, the 186th
Infantry Regiment, before he was again assigned to the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
). On 01-10-1943 Gihr was promoted to Generalmajor. On 20-10-1943 he became commander of the 216th
. He succeeded Generalmajor der Infanterie, Egon von Neindorff, who was killed, age 51, on 15-04-1944, in Russia.
On 01-12-1943 Gihr became commander of the 7th
. He succeeded Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Fortress Bergen, Norway
, Carl André.
On 09-12-1943, he became commander of the 95th
. He now succeeded Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur XX Korps
, Edgar Röhricht
On 27-02-1944 he took over command of the 45th
Infantry Division, on 09-04-1944 the 35th
and on 11-05-1944 the 110th
. On 15-05-1944 Gihr became commander of the 707th
and fought during the Bobruisk Offensive, which was part of the Belorussian Strategic Offensive of the Red Army in summer 1944, commonly known as Operation Bagration. On 29-06-1944, the Red Army
liberated Bobruisk. The city lay in ruins. The population, which had been 84.107 in 1939, was down to 28.352. On 27-06-1944, at Bobruisk Gihr was captured by the Russians. He was released from captivity on 11-10-1955 by intervention of the new Chancellor Konrad Adenauer
Death and burial ground of Gihr, Gustav.
On 11-10-1955 he was released and lived in Freiburg, Breisgau. He died 31-10-1959, age 65, in Freiburg, and Gihr is buried with his wife Gisela, born Niemierz, who died age 89, in 1973, on the Hauptfriedhof of Freiburg, only steps from the graves of WWII Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 719th Infanterie-Division
, Rudolf Bader
and Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur der “Division von Berg”, Kurt Freiherr von Berg
Cemetery location of Gihr, Gustav.