Schlüter, Robert.

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Schlüter, Robert, born 18-04-1892 in Wittenburg, Mecklenburg, entered the Army Service, as a Fahnenjunker, age 19, on 01-01-1912 with the 19th Foot Artillery Regiment . Shortly before the outbreak of the first war on 25-05-1914 he was promoted to Leutnant. He was in the fields of the first war and was allowed in the Reichswehr afterwards and came to the 4th Artillery Regiment. He was promoted to Hauptmann on 01-11-1925 and at last to Oberstleutnant on 01-10-1936. He was appointed to commander of the 2th Artillery Regiment on 10-11-1938 and became an Oberst on 01-10-1939 as World War II was already broken out. He took the command of the 143rd Artillery Command on 28-08-1941, but was transferred to the 2nd Artillery Replacement Regiment on 10-02-1942. Then appointed to commander of the 187th Artillery Command on 21-02-1943 and promoted to Generalmajor on 01-03-1943. From 09-11-1943 he succeeded General der Infanterie, Walter Hahm as Commander of the 260th Infantry Division, he succeeded General der Infanterie, Dieter von Choltitz.

here surrending to the Freence Genereal Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque

 General Hahm died age 56 on 11-08-1951 in Heide. General Schlüter (left) on 07-12-1943 at the funeral of Major Helmink . On the Kettenkrad, General der Infanterie, Commander 14th ArmyKurt von Tippelskirch,

   General Schlüter und Major Friedrich Strohm

.   On 24-09-1944, Friedrich Strohm died of a serious wound in Lyck in East Prussia. He was buried in the Borschimmen cemetery. For his leadership, he was posthumously awarded the Oak Leaves on 18-10-1944.

Generalmajor Schlüter was badly wounded in the right arm by partisans near Mogilew, travelling home for a leave. He was brought to a field hospital in a hurry but he lost his arm by amputation. He was succeeded by Generalmajor Günther Klamm  as commander of the 260th Infantry Division. Klamm was released from a Soviet prison on 06-10-1955.and died age 74 on 10-05-1972. Schlüter was promoted to Lieutenant General on 01-05-1944 and came to the Reichswehr Replacement Inspection in Chemnitz from 01-02-1945. The youngest Generalleutnant in WWII with 36, was Theodor Tolsdorff   the youngest General, with 42, Walter Wenck.

  He then was appointed to Stadt Commander of Dresden from 08-03-1945 and landed again in hospital after a traffic accident and the Russian forces captured him there in bed. Schlüter was one of the few who were released in 1955 by intervention of the new Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, ten years after the end of the war.

Death and burial ground of Schlüter, Robert.

The 260th Infantry Division was captured and destroyed near Minsk on 09-07-1944. The divisional commander, Günter Klammt, was taken prisoner by the Red Army and would remain in captivity until 1955. Its status is listed as “unknown” in the German documents of July 1944. The division was not redeployed. Released from Soviet captivity on  06-10-1955, Günther Klammt died on 16-05-1971, age 73, in Lübeck.

As one of 50 Generals held captive by the Soviets, Schlüter signed an appeal by the National Committee for Free Germany. The National Committee for Free Germany (NKFD) was an association of German prisoners of war soldiers and officers with communist German emigrants who wanted to fight National Socialism and conceive of a different Germany. The association was formed in the Soviet Union in 1943 and existed until the end of 1945.

After the war Schlüter joined the traditional band with his former 260th Division men for many years, as he died on 16-02-1980, old age 87 in Garmisch Partenkirchen. Robert Schlüter is buried with his wife Hertha, born Hertzsch, who died age 81, in 1985, on the Stadtfriedhof of Partenkirchen and close by the graves of the General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio XVIIIEgon Doerstling and Generaloberst der Infanterie, commander of the VII Army Corps, Wilhelm Adam

, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Stadt Commander of Dresden, Robert Schlüter, composer Richard Strauss, Korvetten Kapitän, Carl Daehncke and Wannsee Conference participant Erich Neumann. On the Garmich Stadtfriedhof are the graves of the WWII General der Artillerie, Kommandeur 16th Armeekorps, Christian Hansen, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur Artillerie Regiment FallschirmjägerIwan von Ilsemann, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Kommandeur Weapen-DevelopmentRichard John, Generalleutnant der Flieger, Inspector of the Military Replacement Inspection, in Schwerin, Theodor Triendl, Generalleutnant der Panzertruppe, Kommandant Festung Pillau, Eduard Hauser and General der Flieger, Kommandeur Luftregio Belgium-FranceWilhelm Wimmer.

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