Heun, Wilhelm, born 23-05-1895 in Herborn, Dillkreis, entered the Army, age, 19, on 10-08-1914, as a war volunteer in 11th
He was in the fields of the first war with the 24th
Reserve Jäger Battalion. Heun was retired from the Army on 07-12-1918 and started his study again the next years. He reactivated in the growing Wehrmacht
on 01-05-1934 as a Hauptmann, with the Staff of the 15th Infantery Regiment. At the beginning of World War II he was commander of the 471st
Infantry Regiment. From November 1939 he was Commander of the 116th
Infantry Regiment and on the Western Front.
Promoted to Oberstleutnant and transferred to the Eastern Front in the South of Russia. He lost this command on 22-03-1942 and appointed with the Command of the 435th
Infantry Regiment. He became the rank of Oberst on 01-04-1942 and received the German Cross in Gold. From 01-11-1943 he landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
) and sent to a Division leader course. From 15-01-1944 he replaced the commander of Army Group North and was from 25-01-1944 Commander of the 83rd
Infantry Division, where he was the successor of Theodor Scherer,
Scherer died age 61, on 17-05-1951, in Ludwigsburg where also lived SS Obesrtgruppenführer, Kommandeur der SS-Div “LSSAH”
, Sepp Dietrich
. Heun was on leave to 01-03-1944 and temporary replaced by Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur 83th Infanterie Division
, Karl Fabiunke
. Promoted to Generalleutnant on 09-11-1944 and awarded on 09-12-1944 with the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross.
He lost his command on 28-03-1945 and in the Führer Reserve again. From 05-04-1945 he became the Commander of the Infantry Division Schlageter and landed with this Division in American captivity on 03-05-1945. The infantry division Schlageter consisted mainly of members of the Reich Labor Service (RAD).
The division was established on 31-03-1945. The division was named after Albert Leo Schlageter. It was used on 29-04-1945 in the area of Lake Müritz in Mecklenburg against the Red Army for use. On 02-02-1945, the division received the order to sell west in the direction of the US Army. The division surrendered on 03-3-1945 in West Mecklenburg the US Army and went into captivity. Albert Leo Schlageter
12-08-1894, was a member of the German Freikorps
. His activities sabotaging French occupying troops after World War I led to his arrest and eventual execution by French forces. His way of death fostered an aura of martyrdom around him, which was cultivated by German nationalist groups, in particular the Nazi Party. During the Third Reich, he was widely commemorated as a national hero. Following the French occupation of the Ruhr in 1923 he led a group of nationalists in sabotage operations against the occupying force. The group managed to derail a number of trains. On 07-04-1923 information on Schlageter and his activities was obtained by the French, and he was arrested the following day. Tried by court-martial on 07-05-1923, he was condemned to death. On the morning of 26 May, age 28, he was executed on the Golzheimer heath near Düsseldorf.
Released in 1947 Heun retired in Göttingen, where he at the very old age of 91 died, on 21-09-1986. Heun is buried in the Meckel family grave, on the Stadtfriedhof of Göttingen. On this cemetery are nine more WWII, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Chief of Field Economics Office, OKW, Wilhelm Becker
, Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur Heeres Gruppe IV, Curd Bernard, Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Kommandeur 34th Division , Friedrich Bremer, General der Panzertruppe, Kommandeur 4th Panzer Grenadier Division, Fritz Gräser, General der Infanterie, Commander 4th Heeresgruppe, Friedrich Hossbach, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur 33rd Artillerie Ersatz Regiment, Emiel Klie, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur Heeres Regio 593, Walter Krause, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Erwin Leister, General der Flieger, Inspector of Smook Troops and Gas defence, Erich Quade and Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur vom WBK Königsberg II, Rudolf Scheller.