Pfeiffer, Herbert.

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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 Reinecke (1) on the segregation and execution of Russian prisoners of war in prison camp Stalag VII-A ID tag as worn by POWs. Name and service number are on the brown disc. 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.

Georg Thomas   , head of the Military Economics and Armament Office of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, played an essential role in drawing up the starvation policy for the occupied Eastern territories. He was transferred to the Officers Reserve on 20-11-1942 and arrested after the 20 July 1944 assassination attempt on Hitler because of his contacts with the resistance. He survived but died 29-12-1946, aged 56.
Generaloberst der Infanterie, Franz Halder,
  head of the Army General Staff, planned army operations from 1939 to 1941. He was dismissed in 1942 and transferred to the Officers Reserve. After the assassination attempt on Hitler of 20 July 1944, his involvement in a conspiracy in 1938 came to light, which led to his arrest and imprisonment in Flossenbürg concentration camp. He was freed by U.S. troops in May 1945. In camp Flossenburg, Wilhelm Canaris and Hans Paul Oster
were killed only days before the end of the war. Generalfeldmarschall der Artillerie, Walther von Brauchitsch became Supreme Commander of the Army in 1938 and was decisively involved in planning Operation Barbarossa. He was dismissed on 19-12-1941 because of the military defeat at Moscow and transferred to the Officers Reserve. Pfeiffer at last was retired, age 51, from the Army on 31-12-1944.

Death and burial ground of Pfeiffer, Herbert.

Living in Hanover after the war, Pfeiffer died on 18-09-1976, old age 83, and is buried on the cemetery Lahe, a suburb of Hanover. 



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