Schlemmer, Johannes “Hans”, born 18-01-1893 in Nesselwang, Bavaria, the son of a custom officer. His brother Ernst also embarked on a military career and made it up to Generalleutnant. He married Agnes Hofmann in 1920. He entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker, age 20, on 01-08-1913, with the 2nd Bavarian Pioneer Battalion and promoted to Leutnant on 06-12-1914 in the fields of the first war with the 5th Feldartillerie Regiment “König Alfons XIII von Spanien” . He was promoted to Oberleutnant in April 1918. Schlemmer was accepted in the new 100.000 men Reichswehr and transferred to the 7th Bayeren Artillerie Regiment in Landsberg am Lech , the place Adolf Hitler would land in the prison in 1923. He was promoted to Hauptmann in 1926 and the same year he started with a study at the Technical High School in Charlottenburg which he finished with the state examination as Diplom Ingenieur.
In 1934 Schlemmer was promoted to Major and a year later he as a groups leader was accepted in the new Wehrmacht. On 16-03-1937 promoted to Oberstleutnant. After the Blomberg–Fritsch
affair in 1938 he was transferred to the Oberkommando of the Army.
With the outbreak of World War II he as an Oberst was the commander of the III Battalion of the 111th Mountain Artillery Regiment to 25-09-1939. He led his Regiment in the Poland invasion in September 1939. Appointed as commander of the 7th Artillery Regiment to 05-03-1941 and Commander of Arko 148, until 17-12-1941. Promoted to Generalmajor on 10-3-1942.
Commander, as Generalleutnant, of the 134th Infantry Division to 01-06-1944. He succeeded Generalleutnant Conrad von Cochenhausen and was again succeeded by Generalmajor der Artillerie, Rudolf Bader in February 1944. He then attended a training course for Army Corps Commanders to 01-07-1944. He last command as a General of the Mountain Troops now, was as Commanding General of LXXV Army Corps to 03-05-1945, fighting with General Rodolfo Graziani
in Italy. Schlemmer was also a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves. The Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross and its higher grade Oak Leaves was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Hans Schlemmer surrendered to Allied troops in Italy in 1945, he was released in 1947. Schlemmer’s older brother Ernst was a Mountain Troops General and was in Allied captivity too. Releaved in 1947 Ernst died age 59 on 02-06-1949 in Heidelberg.
Death and burial ground of Schlemmer, Johannes “Hans”.
Living in Bad Kreuznach, Johannes “Hans” Schlemmer died at the old age of 80, on 26-06-1973 and is buried on the Stadtfriedhof of Bad Kreuznach.