Kübler, Josef

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Josef Kübler, born 06-04-1896 in Munich, was the older brother of General of the Mountain Troops Ludwig Kübler  and son of the physician Wilhelm Kübler. He joined the Army service on 16-08-1914 as a war volunteer in the 1st Bavarian Field Artillery Regiment, age 18. He was in the fields with this regiment as a Leutnant, wounded in hospital  and recovered transferred to the 15th Bavarian Infantry Regiment and with this regiment again in the fields. He was allowed in the new Reichswehr  and with the beginning of World War II he was the Chief of Operations, IA, in the General Staff of the VI Army Corps  under command of General der Pioniere Otto-Wilhelm Förster    to 15-10-1939, meanwhile a Oberstleutnant. Chief of Operations in the General Staff of the 12th Army to June 1941, now an Oberst. Chief of Staff with the XXXXII Army Corps to 06-01-1942. Then Chief of Staff with the XXXXIX Mountain Corps under Generaloberst Hans-Jürgen von Arnim. Promoted to Generalmajor on 19-01-1943 he lands in the Führer Reserve OKH  until 15-03-1943. Assigned as the commander of the 718th Infantry Division  until 01-04-1943. Then commander of the 118th Jäger Division  until 10-07-1944 and succeeded by Generalmajor der Infanterie, Hubertus Lamey

   and landed again in the Reserve. He was detached to Army High Command 9, meanwhile a Generallleutnant, to 01-09-1944. Appointed as commander of Assault Division Rhodos to 16-10-1944 and again in the Reserve. Now commander of the 1st Mountain Division VerbAbz1GebDivW.jpg to 12-04-1945, the Division which was first organized by his brother Ludwig in September 1939. He succeeded Generalleutnant der Gebirgstruppe, Walter Stettner Ritter von Grabenhofen. The  Mountain Divisions had famous commanders like Generaloberst der Gebirgstruppe, Eduard Dietl, Field Marshal Ferdinand Schörner General Johannes “Hans” Schlemmer, and a grave of honor of General Carl von Le Suire. From November 1944 he was commander of the Group „Kübler” with Panzer High Command 2 and for the fourth time in the infamous Führer Reserve OKH.

Death and burial ground of Kübler, Josef.

He landed in Yugoslavian captivity as his brother Ludwig and sentenced to death in 1947,  by a Yugoslavian court, for war crimes. He was hanged in Laibachin, Ljubljana  26-02-1947, age 50 and his older brother, General Ludwig Kübler, age 57, was also hanged in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia on 18-08-1947 together with Generalleutant der Gebirgstruppe, Hans von Hößlin, age 66.   and the Austrian Generaloberst Alexander Löhr. There is a Kübler family grave on the Westfriedhof of Munich and their names are on the gravestone.

Cemetry location of Kübler, Josef.

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