Kaschner, Dr Erwin, born 14-10-1897 in Görlitz, joined the Army Service as a war volunteer in the 130th
Infantry Regiment, age 17, on 08-06-1915. He was wounded
in the fields from 29-07-1918 until 31-12-1919 and in British captivity until 31-12-1919. With the start of World War II, he, as a Major, was commander of the 1st
Battalion of the 486th
Infantry Regiment until 17-08-1941. Assigned as commander of this Regiment to 28-09-1943. commander of the 461st
Infantry Regiment until 05-03-1944 and in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler
) (did you know
), until 15-08-1944. Delegated with the leadership of the 326th
succeeding Generalleutnant Victor von Drabich-Waechter
to 04-09-1944. The 352nd
was destroyed in the fighting following the invasion; on 30 July it was declared abgekämpft, meaning it was no longer fit for combat. It was reconstituted as the 352nd
Volksgrenadier Division in September and fought in the Battle of the Bulge (see Anthony MacAuliffe
Thereafter, it fought defensively around Trier and the Moselle until it was destroyed again in mid-March 1945, with only a small remnant escaping across the Rhine at Worms. It was partially reconstituted one last time as a battle group in mid-April and ended its career near Darmstadt. He succeeded Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Victor Drabich Waechter
who was killed in action on the Normandy front, age 54. The 326th
Infantry Division spent its entire operational history on the Western Front, taking part in the Battles of Normandy under Army Group D (Heeresgruppe D) commander General Field Marshal, Günther von Kluge
and the Ardennes under Army Group B (Heeresgruppe B), commander General Field Marshal, Gerd von Rundstedt
The leadership of the 326th
Volksgrenadier Division to 28-04-1945.
Death and burial ground of Kaschner, Dr Erwin.
He then landed in U.S captivity until 20-06-1947 and retired in Eutin, where he at the age of 76 died, on 06-11-1973. Kaschner is buried on the Stadfriedhof of Eutin, his gravestone is alas removed, together with the Vice Admiral, Kommandeur Kreuzer Emden
, Werner Lange
, General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftwaffe Hamburg
, Alfred Mahncke
, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur 197th Infanterie Division
, Hermann Meyer Rabingen
and Generalleutnant der Nachrichtentruppe, Kommandeur Luftflotte Kommando 6
, Curt Schubert.
Cemetery location of Kaschner, Dr Erwin.