Heyser, Kurt, born 21-08-1894 in Braunschweig,
joined the Army Service on 24-09-1913, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st
Hanseatisches Infanterie-Regiment “Bremen” Nr. 75.
He was promoted to Leutnant on 06-08-1914 and in the fields of the first war. He entered the Police Service
on 01-11-1919, after the Armistice and with the Security Police in Bremen. The Police Service is transferred to the Wehrmacht
on 15-10-1935, also Major Heyser. He is appointed to commander of the 1st
Battalion of the 47th
Infantry Division in the 22nd
, under Generalmajor der Infanterie, Graf Hans von Sponeck
. He is involved in the Poland invasion
and on 01-02-1940 promoted to the rank of Oberst. A name indisputably connected with the German attack on Valkenburg airfield is that of Oberst Kurt Heyser. Under the command of Generalleutnant Graf Hans von Sponeck, he was in charge of I.R.47 who were ordered to occupy the airfield on 10-05-1940, the German attack on the Netherlands.
Heyser received the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on 26-05- 1940 and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 47 where he preceded by Generalmajor Otto Roettig
and where he was succeeded by Oberstleutnant Albert Latz on 15-07-1941. Generalmajor Roettig survived the war and died, age 79, on 18-08-1966 in Kassel and Oberstleutnant Albert Latz was killed in battle, age 47, 06-11-1943 in Kiev.
After the Germans had to give the airfield to the Dutch in the Holland invasion
, the Heyser staff set up a command post and a lazaret in Willem van Egmond’s farm on Achterweg 11 in Valkenburg.
Heyser received Mayor Rudolph De Wilde here on Whit Monday,
Monday May 13th. He complained about the war damage to his house and the threat of civilians by German soldiers. Heyser indicated that he strongly disapproved of the actions of his men and promised to take measures. De Wilde then requested Heyser to evacuate the women, children and wounded from the village. He would also appeal to the Dutch commander in Katwijk. “You still have to eat” was then asked by the Germans. When the answer was no, De Wilde got two bottles of milk and was sent back to the village. Heyser, who managed to get out of his JU-52 transport plane alive, was wounded on his right shoulder on 13 May and was then forced to carry his arm in a sling.
Dutch artillery took Hoogeve Zonneveld under fire whereby Heyser was wounded
and is no longer able to continue the order on I.R. 47. Major H. Aicholz takes over the order from him. Heyser is now completely enclosed from all sides and becomes increasingly distracted in the day that follows. Until finally the news of the Dutch capitulation becomes known and the surrounded Germans in Valkenburg are released from their awkward position. On 16-05-1940, he recovered sufficiently from his injuries to attend a victory parade on the sidewalk of Hotel Restaurant de Zwaan where the units of I.R. 47 marching over the boulevard of Katwijk aan Zee
He is leading his regiment in the Western battles, Holland
) and (see Jan Ackermans
) and lands in Valkenburg, South of Netherlands, in defending battles. For his personal leading in this battle he is awarded with the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross on 26-05-1940. He is also present in the battles in the East, Operation Barbarossa,
but loses his command on 15-07-1941 and lands in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
). On 10-01-942 he is appointed to commander of the 539th
Infantry Regiment in the 385th
, under General Karl Franz Eibl,
who was killed near Stalingrad, age 51, on 21-01-1943. Heyser is in the Führer Reserve again from February 1942 and assigned to commander of the 30th
Infantry Replacement Regiment. Loses this command on 07-09-1942 and took the command of the 720th
Regiment, all recruits. Heyser was appointed to commander of the 790th
East Troops and again in the Reserve from 15-07-1943. Promoted to Generalmajor on 01-08-1943 and transferred as the Wehrmacht commander of Hamburg. He is appointed to Commander of the Elbe Crossing between Bergedorf and in Dörmitz in November 1943.
Death and burial ground of Heyser, Kurt.
He is in captivity and released on 01-07-1947 and retired in Bremen, where he at the age of 79 died, on 20-04-1974 and is buried on the Riensberg cemetery between several WWII colleagues, close near to the grave of, the Stalingrad General der Artillerie, Commander of the 12th
Infantry Division Walther von Seydlitz-Kurzbach
Also nearby the graves of the Generals, Generalarzt der Wehrmacht, Dr. Rudolf Attig
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 562th Volks Grenadier Division, Johannes Brauer
, Generalmajor der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur 8th Flak Division, Max Schaller
and Generalleutnant der Flakartillerie, Kommandeur Kommando XVIII Vienna, Kurt Wagner.