Pfeiffer, Herbert, born 27-06-1893 in Liegnitz entered the Army on 25-03-1913 as a Fahnenjunker in the Kaiserliche Armee. A son of a chemist joined the 5th Drivers Regiment and was promoted to Fähnrich. With the breakout of the first war he joined the Replacement Hospital Company and on 10-08-1914 assigned as a Leutnant. Herbert was wounded in hospital in spring of 1917. In autumn 1917 he was transferred to the Luftwaffe for a pilot training and with the 226th Flieger Regiment. He was awarded with the Wounded Badge and both the Iron Crosses . Pfieffer was allowed in the new Reichswehr and climbed the ranks to Oberst on 01-01-1939. At the beginning of World War II he was the commander of the new 72nd Flyer Education Regiment, in Detmold. He was transferred as Office Leader of the Luftwaffe Personnel on 01-01-1940. Mid December 1941 he is Inspector of Clothing and Food Department in RLM, to 01-07-1942 and promoted to Generalleutnant. On 01-04-1944 he was moved to the Air Area Command III, in Berlin, Josef Goebbels (did you know) was the Gauleiter of Berlin.
On 01-06-1944 assigned as Control Commander of the 1st Air Fleet and lost this command on 01-10-1944 and landed in the Führer Reserve (see Adolf Hitler) (did you know). 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. Examples: Major Karl August Meinel, 01-08-1942, was shifted into the Führerreserve, because on 13-01-1942 he wrote a critical report to General Hermann Reinecke on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII-A by the Gestapo and the Sicherheitsdienst SD (security Service) of the Reichsführer SS, Heinrich Himmler Stalag VII-A was north of Moosberg, a Bavarian town close to Munich. Hermann Reinecke died old age 85, on 10-10-1973.
Death and burial ground of Pfeiffer, Herbert.