Klosterkemper, Bernard, born 17-04-1897 in Coesfeld, joined the Army Service, age 19, on 15-08-1916 and was in the fields with the 789th Infantry Regiment as a Fahnenjunker, later a Platoon Leader. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr and with the begin of World War II he as a Major was an Adjutant with the General Command of XXIII Army Corps, under General der Infanterie, Erich Raschnik , until 25-09-1939. Raschnick at the end of the war was captured by the Russian army and died in the prison camp of Mühlberg in 1945. Klosterkemper was commander of III Battalion of the 272nd Infantry Regiment and commander of II battalion of the 271st Infantry Regiment until he landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) to 1942. With the General Staff again of the XXIII Army Corps, now under of Generaloberst Carl Hilpert to 11-11-1942 and in again in the Reserve for a long time, January 1944. During the last stages of World War II, Hilpert commanded the German troops which had been surrounded by the Soviet Army in the Courland Pocket. On 07-05-1945, Head of State and German President Gross Admiral, Karl Dönitz ordered Generaloberst Carl Hilpert, to surrender Army Group Courland, under General der Panzertruppe, Heinrich von Vietinghoff. Hilpert was the army group’s last commander-in-chief. Hilpert surrendered himself, his personal staff, and three divisions of the XXXVIII Corps to Marshal of the Soviet Union, Leonid Govorov . Govorov died age 58, on 19-03-1955 in Moscow. Hilpert died two years later as prisoner in Moscow on 01-02-1947, age 58. Klosterkemper was Commander again from the 920th Infantry Regiment to D-Day 06-06-1944 and his last Command of the 180th Infantry Division and in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945.
Death and burial ground of Klosterkemper, Bernard.
Released in 1947 Klosterkemper lived in Bremen’s suburb St. Mangus, where he died at the age of 65, on 19-07-1962 and is buried with his wife Dorothea, born von Gröning, who died old age 92, on 27-12-193, on the Cemetery Walle, in Bremen.