Keiner, Walter, born 30-12-1890 in Benshausen joined the 3rd Foot Artillery Regiment as a Fahnenjunker on 05-03-1910, age 19. Leutnant on 18-08-1911 and from 01-10-1913 assigned as Adjutant of the II Battalion of the 3rd Foot Artillery Regiment. Appointed in 1915 as battery leader and to Oberleutnant. As 2nd General Staff Officer he came to the Staff of the 200th Infantry Division on 01-05-1918 and on 18-08-1918 promoted to Hauptmann. He was auxiliary officer with the Military District Command V until 01-10-1920 and followed a General Staff Training in the Reichswehrministary, RWM until 01-10-1921. Transferred to the Group Command I, detached to the RWM until 01-04-1923. Appointed with the Staff of the 3rd Division on 01-04-1923 and from 01-05-1927 he was the Battery Chief in the 2nd Artillery Regiment until 01-02-1923. Transferred to the Staff of Artillery Leader IV to 01-04-1933, next with the Military Region Braunschweig and assigned as Chief of Staff in Braunschweig on 01-10-1933. Chief of Operations, Ia, in the Staff of the 19th Division to 01-10-1935. Promoted to Oberst on 01-04-1935 and from 01-10-1935 commander of the 60th Artillery Regiment. From 01-10-1936 as commander of the 24th Artillery Regiment and from 01-10-1937 Artillery Kommandeur 8. to 15-08-1939. Promoted to Generalmajor on 01-08-1938 and from 15-08-1939 commander of the 62nd Infantry Division. Promoted to Generalleutnant 01-09-1940 he was awarded with the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross on 17-07-1941 after the invasion of France. Involved in the battle of Kiev with his 62nd Division and for the Russians the Kiev disaster was an unprecedented defeat. On 1 September, the Southwestern Front numbered 752–760.000 troops, 850,000 including reserves and rear service organs), 3.923 guns and mortars, 114 tanks and 167 combat aircraft. The encirclement trapped 452.700 soldiers, 2.642 guns and mortars and 64 tanks, of which scarcely 15.000 escaped from the encirclement by 2 October. Overall, the Southwestern Front suffered 700.544 casualties, including 616.304 killed, captured, or missing during the month-long Battle for Kiev.Severely wounded he was in hospital and landed in the Führer Reserve until 15-08-1943. The 62nd was formed in November 1944, by redesignating the 583rd Volksgrenadier Division, under the command of Friedrich Kittel. The division fought in France and the Ardennes before being trapped in the Ruhr pocket, where Fieldmarschall Walter Model committed suicide, where it was destroyed in April 1945. Promoted to General der Artillery on 01-01-1943, age 52 and Army Field Equipment Master from 15-08-1943 until 01-08-1944. He became the, AHA, Chief of the General Army with the Chief of Army Armaments and Commander in Chief of the Replacement Army until the end of the war. Keiner’s son Klaus Jochen was killed 1945. Keiner landed in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945 and released in 1947.
Death and burial ground of Keiner, Walter.
Retiring in Gelnhausen Walter Keiner died at the age of 87 on 23-01-1978 and is buried with his wife Asta, born Faber, who died age 75 on 12-07-1970, on the cemetery of Gelnhausen Mid, Field A.
Cemetery location of Keiner, Walter.