Kohlermann, Otto

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Kohlermann, Otto, born 17-02-1896 in Magdeburg, Sachsen, joined the Army as a Fahnenjunker in the 66th Field Artillery, Regiment, age 18, on 04-07-1914. He was during the first war in the fields as a Platoon and Battery leader. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr  and at the begin of World War II he was the commander of the 5st Observation Battalion, as an Obersteutnant, until 01-10-1939. Assigned as commander of the Experimental Battalion of the Artillery School to 01-12-1940 and commander of the 4th Artillery Regiment until 08-01-1942. Artillery commander 10 to 15-05-1942. Delegated with the leadership of the 60th Motorized Infantry Division  until 01-07-1942 and as Generalmajor now, commander of the New Formation of the 60th Motorized Infantry Division until 20-06-1943. Commander of the Panzer Grenadier Division “Feldherrnhalle”   , until 13-02-1944, now a Generalleutnant, last commander of this division was General der Panzertruppe, Ulrich Kleemann   The Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle was a German Panzer Corps formed in October 1944 from the remaining troops of the IV. Armeekorps, the Storm Division Rhodos and Panzer-Grenadier-Brigade 1 formed mostly of SA recruits. Kohlermann landed in the Führer Reserve  (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know) to 06-06-1944. On December 31, the Panzer Grenadier Division “Feldherrnhalle” was encircled along with 9th SS Mountain Corps under SS Obergruppenführer Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch.  After the failure of Operation Konrad, Armeegruppe Balck‘s  rescue attempts, the pocket collapsed and the divisions were destroyed on 12-02-1945. Several hundred Feldherrnhalle men escaped the pocket. The survivors of the encirclement, along with large numbers of new SA recruits,  were formed into three new units with the aim of creating a new a Panzer Corps. Pfeffer-Wildenbruch was killed in a traffic accident on 29-01-1971 at Bielefeld. Operation Konrad was the German Hungarian effort to relieve the encircled garrison of Budapest.

Kohlermann’s last command was commander of the Higher Coastal Artillery South West and he lands in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945

Death and burial ground of Kohlermann, Otto.


Released in July 1947, Kohlermann retired in Bad Dürrheim, where he at the old age of 88 died, on 27-02-1984 and is buried with his wife Anna, born Lina, who died old age 87 in 1982, on the Stadtfriedhof of Bad Dürrheim. Generalleutnant der Artillerie, Militair Ersatz Inspektor Chemnitz, Fritz  Hengen is buried only steps away .



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