Jähn, Fritz, born 19-08-1882 in Schönau, District Glogau, joined the Army Service as a war volunteer in the 5th Field Artillery Regiment on 17-10-1901, age 19. He was in the fields of the first war and remained in the new Reichswehr. As an Oberst Jähn was the commander of the Field Equipment Command XVIII to 01-09-1940 and Field Equipment Inspector 4, until 01-10-1940. He was commander of Senior Field Equipment Staff East France to 09-04-1941 and the same position in Equipment Staff 5 to 15-12-1942, as he lands in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) until 01-05-1942. The Führer Reserve(“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 Führerr Reserve. Placed to disposal of the Commander in Chief Army until 18-08-1942. Then detached to the Senior Equipment Staff West until 01-11-1942, and commander of the Senior Equipment Staff West to 12-11-1944. Field Equipment Inspector II to 10-01-1945 and Field Equipment Command XVIII until his Allied captivity on 08-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Jähn, Fritz.
Jähn was released in 1947 and retired in Freilassing where he at the age of 83 died, on 31-01-1964 and is buried with his wife Julia, born Stephani, who died age 75 on 03-03-1971, on the Stadtfriedhof of Freilassing.