Lemke, Herbert, born 03-01-1888 in Danzig, Poland joined the Army, age 18, on 12-05-1907 as a Fahnenjunker in the 141st Infantry Regiment, He was in the fields in this Regiment as a Regiment adjutant. He ended the war as a Hauptmann and was allowed in the new Reichswehr with 100.000 other soldiers. With the outbreak of World War II Lemke was the commander of the 304th Rifle Regiment as an Oberst to 26-08-1940. He landed in the Führer Reserve with the Command of Military District IV, until 28-11-1940, meanwhile a Generalmajor. The Führerreserve (“Officers Reserve”) was set up in 1939 as a pool of temporarily unoccupied high military officers waiting for new assignments in the German Armed Forces during World War II. The various military branches and army groups each had their own pool which they could use as they saw fit. The officers were required to remain at their assigned stations and be available to their superiors, but could not exercise any command function, which was equivalent to a temporary retirement while retaining their previous income. Especially in the second half of the war, more and more politically problematic, troublesome, or militarily incompetent officers were assigned to the Führerreserve. Appointed as commander of the 75th Infantry Replacement Regiment to 17-04-1941, again in the Reserve with the command of the Military District II until 01-09-1941. Führer Reserve OKH to 24-01-1942, commander of the 180th Infantry Division to 20-09-1944 meanwhile a Generalleutnant and again in the reserve.
Death and burial ground of Lemke, Herbert.
He landed in Allied captivity on 08-05-1945 and died in captivity at the age 57, on 06-09-1945. Herbert Lemke is buried on the cemetery of honour, Ockhauserstrasse, in Marburg, Oberst der Kavallerie, Graf Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg lived in Marburg too.
Paul von Hindenburg is buried in the Elisabeth Church of Marburg. Herbert Lemke’s son Helmut sent me a good picture of his father, very welcome.