Konitzky, Hermann

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Konitzky, Hermann, born 01-03-1890 one year after Adolf Hitler (did you know), the son of Gustav Adolf, born  23-06-1860 in Bremen, Dr. med. medical practitioner in Bremen, General medical officer of the Landwehr and Elisabeth, born Kahrweg, joined the Army as a Fahnenjunker, in the 21st Field Artillery regiment, age 21, on 01-04-1911. He was in the fields of the first war as a Platoon leader and retired on 01-04-1930, age 40. He reactivated in Hitler’s growing Wehrmacht  as a Hauptmann in Sound Measuring Service. At the beginning of World War II he was the commander of the 3rd Observation Battalion to 25-03-1940 and commander of the 796th Artillery Regiment, until 01-04-1942, meanwhile an Oberst from 01-03-1941. Successively commander of the Army Unterofficers School in Amberg to 01-10-1944 and commander of the Fortress Artillery School in Dolle, to 01-03-1945 and promoted to Generalmajor. Battle Commandant of Dessau Rosslau until 25-04-1945. His last command as leader of a Battle Group in Army Group Walter Wenck

  and landed in captivity on 08-05-1945. On 10-04-1945, as General of Panzer Troops, Wenck was made the commander of the German Twelfth Army located to the west of Berlin. The Twelfth Army was positioned to defend against the advancing American and British forces on the Western Front. But, as both the Western Front moved eastwards and the Eastern Front moved westwards, the German armies making up both fronts backed towards each other. As a result, the area of control of Wenck’s army to his rear and east of the Elbe River had become a vast refugee camp for German civilians fleeing the path of the approaching Soviet forces. Walter Wenck took great pains to provide food and lodging for these refugees. At one stage, the Twelfth Army was estimated to be feeding more than a quarter million people every day.

Death and burial ground of Konitzky, Hermann.

Konitzky had two sons of his second wife Ella Johanna, born Siefken, * 20.08.1895, marriage 21.08.1923, Gustav-Adolf, * 13.11.1924 in Oberneuland and Hermann Rudolf, * 01.06.1926 in Oberneuland.  Released on 01-07-1947, Konitzky lived in Bremen and died there at the old age of 83, on 18-06-1973. He was buried on the Cemetery Oberneuland, in Bremen.



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