Guderian, Heinz Günther, born 11-08-1914 in Goslar, was a German officer in the Wehrmacht and later a Generalmajor and Inspector of Panzer Troops in the West German Bundeswehr and NATO. He was the son of World War II Generaloberst der Infanterie, Heinz Guderian
He joined the German army and was commissioned in the Jägers in 1908 where he became a communications specialist. He fought in the First World War and afterwards was a member of the right-wing Freikorpsgroup. In 1922 Guderian became Inspector of Motorized Troops. He began to study the experience of tanks during the war. As a result of his studies he was employed as a teacher of tank tactics. Guderian was appointed commander of a motorized battalion in 1930. While in this post he developed one of companies as a tank scout company, one as a tank company and one as an anti-tank company. Guderian also developed a radio-communication system that enabled communication between tank officers. He entered Wehrmacht as an officer cadet on 0l-04-1933. He was promoted to Second Leutnant in 1935 and served as a platoon leader, battalion and regimental adjutant and company commander in 1st
Panzer Regiments, commander Generalfeldmraschall der Kavallerie, Maximillian Weichs
commander Generaloberst der Panzer, Hans Georg Reinhardt
. He saw combat during the invasion of Poland and was wounded
twice during the Battle of France in 1940. He graduated from the General Staff College in 1942 and served as a Staff Officer in various armored units until being assigned as the Operations Officer for the 116th
Panzerdivision, “The Greyhounds”
under General der Panzertruppe, Graf Gerhard “Gerd” von Schwerin
in May 1942, a position he held until the end of the War.
Panzer Division participated in the following battles: Normandy, Arnhem, “Bridge too Far”, Aachen, the Hürtgen Forest, the Ardennes Offensive “Battle of the Bulge” (see MacAuliffe
the Reichswald and the Ruhr Pocket, where Field Marshal, Kommandeur XXXXI Panzergruppe
, Walter Model
committed suicde . The last commander of the division was Siegfried von Waldenburg, who surrendered to the US forces. Von Waldenburg
died age 74, on 27-03-1973 in Hanover.
After the creation of the Bundeswehr, Guderian returned to the army and was given command of 3rd
Panzerbattalion and later 14th
Panzerbrigade. He also served in a variety of staff assignments, culminating in service as Inspector of Panzer Troops, the same job his father held during World War II, for the Bundeswehr. He retired in 1974. Guderian’s WWII decorations include the Iron Cross Second and First Classes, the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, the Wounds Badge in Silver.
Death and burial ground of Guderian, Heinz Günther.
After the war he received the Federal German Grand Cross of the Order of Merit on 21-12-1972.
Heinz Günther died at the very old age of 90, on 25-09-2004 and is buried in the family grave of the Guderians on the cemetery Hildesheimerstrasse in Goslar. Close neighbours are the Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur von Dniep
, Ernst Adolph
, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Chef Heeresgruppe “Kurland”, Friedrich Foertsch
, Generalmajor der Infanterie
, Kommandeur der 10th Panzer Grenadier Division
, Karl Kossmann
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 404th Infanterie Division
, Adolf Hüttmann
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Ersatz Division in Brünn
, Gustav “Iron Gustav” Wagner
and the SS Obergruppenführer, Reichsminister of Food and Agriculture, Walther Darré.
Cemetery and grave location of Guderian, Heinz Günther.