Meinhold, Günther, nicknamed “Father Meinhold” born 12-05-1989, one month after Adolf Hitler
in Altdamm, joined the Army as a Fahnenjunker in the 54th Infantry Regiment, Regiment von Rüdiger von der Golz, age 18, on 11-01-1908. Von der Golz died old age 80 on 04-11-1946. Meinhold was promoted to Leutnant on 16-07-1909. He was in the fields of the first war with his regiment and was awarded with both the Iron Crosses and other high decorations. Meinhold retired on 11-06-1920 from the Army Service and entered the Police Service as a Major following, in Berlin, Cottbus and Gleiwitz. The Gleiwitz incident was a staged attack by Nazi forces posing as Poles on 31-08-1939, against the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, on the eve of World War II in Europe. He was reactivated in the growing Wehrmacht and assigned as commander of the II Battalion of the 50th Infantry Regiment in Küstrin. Promoted to Oberst on 01-08-1937 in the Staff of the 50th Infantry Regiment in Landsberg/Warthe. He was appointed as Commander of the 122nd Border Infantry Regiment which was renamed in the 122nd Infantry Regiment with the begin of World War II, until February 1942. He received the decoration the Star of Rumania with Swords and became a Generamajor on 01-04-1942. Meinhold was the Battle Commander in Dnjepropetrowsk and Kriwoij-Rog between Mai 1942 and 05-03-1944. He then was assigned as Fortress Commander of Genua from 05-03-1944. He didn’t follow Hitler’s order to destroy the Genua, survived and he organized the capitulation of his German-Italian forces at the end of April 1945. His relative Wilhelm Meinhold sent me some papers with his original signature from 1945. Meinhold was in American captivity for two years.
Death and burial ground of Meinhold, Günther.
Released in 1947 he lived in Hardegsen, near Göttingen, where he died at the old age of 89 on 21-02-1979 and is buried with his wife Jenny, born Humbert, who died age 85, in 1986, on the Stadtfriedhof of Göttingen between many General colleagues. Wilhelm Meinhold kindly sent me an original photo of the grave side.