Le Suire, Carl Hans Maximillian von, born 08-11-1898 in Unterwössen, joined the Army age 17, on 01-12-1916, as a Fahnenjunker in the 1st Bavarian Infantry Regiment and was in the fields of the first war. He was wounded in hospital from 27-07-1918 until 24-11-1918. Allowed in the new Reichswehr, Le Suire became an Obersteutnant at the beginning of World War II. He was the Chief of Operations in General Staff of the 30th Infantry Division, nickname “Briesen Division” under Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Franz Böhme
until 05-06-1940. He was transferred to the General Staff Course to 16-06-1940 and appointed as Chief of the General Staff of the Mountain Corps Norway under command of Generaloberst Dietl, Eduard Wolfrath Christiaan, “Büffel”. until 16-07-1942 and landed in the Führer Reserve to 30-08-1942. In November 1943 he got the command of the German 117th Jäger Division and began a mission named Unternehmen Kalavryta, Operation Kalavryta, intending to encircle Greek guerrilla fighters in the mountainous area surrounding Kalavryta
. During the operations, some German soldiers were killed and 77 of them, who were taken prisoners, were executed by the Greek guerrillas. On 10-12-1943 von Le Suire signed the order for the German division to “level the locations Mazeika and Kalavryta” (die Orte Mazeika und Kalawrita dem Erdboden gleich zu machen). In total, more than 1.200 civilians were killed during the reprisal operations. About 1.000 houses were looted and burned and more than 2.000 sheep and other large domestic animals were seized by the Germans. Many women and children were locked up in a school, which was then set aflame; about 200 were killed. Many of the homes were looted, some of which were later burned down. The event is known as the Massacre of Kalavryta. On 14-12-1943, his troops burned down the Greek War of Independence landmark Agia Lavra monastery. In addition, Nessou lists on one and a half pages further mass shootings in the Peloponnese, which fall under the responsibility of Le Suire’s 117th Jäger Division (and that of Oberst Nicholas Dauner, the commander of Tripoli). Le Suire was again in the Führer Reserve from 10-07-1944 until 05-08-1944, delegated with the leadership of XIV Panzer Corps to 20-08-1944 and in the Führer Reserve to 20-08-1944. His last command was of the XXXXIX Mountain Corps.
Carl was married to Clara von Le Suire, born 29-09-1926, who died 16-11-1987, old age 95, in Unterwössen and they had one daughter, Annemarie Elisabeth von Le Suire.
Death and burial ground of Le Suire, Carl Hans Maximillian von.
Carl von Le Suire was captured by Soviet troops on 08-05-1945 and died in Soviet captivity on 18-06-1954, age 55, in a prisoner of war camp at Stalingrad. Le Suire is buried near Stalingrad and his wife Clara, born Fallner, is buried on the Pfarfriedhof of Unterwössen and his name is honored on the gravestone, close to the grave of General der Kavallerie, OKW Freiwilligen Verbände
, Ernst Köstring
and State Secretary, Otto Meisner.