Kleeberg, Franciszek.

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Kleeberg, Franciszek, born 01-02-1888, in Ternopil’, Ternopil’s’ka, Ukraine, was a Polish General. He served in the Austro-Hungarian Army before joining the Polish Legions in World War I and later the Polish Army. During the German Invasion of Poland he commanded Independent Operational Group Polesie. Independent Operational Group Polesie (SGO Polesie) was one of the Polish Army Corps (Operational Groups) that defended Poland during the Invasion of Poland in 1939. It was created on 11-09-1939 and was commanded by General Franciszek Kleeberg. The SGO is most notable for fighting in the battle of Kock, the last battle of the Invasion of Poland.

He never lost a battle in the Invasion of Poland, although he was eventually forced to surrender after his forces ran out of ammunition. Imprisoned in Oflag IV-B Koenigstein,

After the Invasion of Poland of 1939, most high-ranking Polish officers were imprisoned there. The staff officers were imprisoned in the casemates and the generals in one of the forts. The lower-ranking officers were incarcerated in the lower levels of the fortress. Despite harsh conditions in the living chambers, the officers were granted relative freedom and had a part of the fortress gardens at their disposal. Apart from Antoni Szylling and Tadeusz Piskor, who were imprisoned in Murnau, all Polish army commanders taken by the Germans in 1939 were held there. After the Fall of France in 1940, most Polish officers were transferred to either Oflag VIIA Murnau or Oflag VIII E Johannisbrunn, and French officers were imprisoned in the castle.

General Szyling survived the war and died 17-06-1971, age 86, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. General Tadeusz Piskor after the war settled in London, where he died in 1951.

Franciszek Kleeberg died in hospital in Dresden on 05-04-1941, age 53, Stadtkreis Dresden, Saxony and buried there.

Death and burial grounf of Kleeberg, Franciszek.

In 1969 his remains were exhumed, brought to Poland and re-buried in Kock among the fallen soldiers of the Operation Group Polesie. His symbolic grave is in Warsaw at Powązki Cemetery. Kock, Powiat Lubelskie, Poland.

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