Schroth, Walter, born 03-06-1882 in Glumbowitz, Wohlau entered the Army on 27-02-1902, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker in the Kaiserlichen Armee . He was in the fields of the first war with the 46th Infantery-Regiment. Reactivated in the Service he on 01-10-1933 as an Oberst was commandeur of the Infantery School in Döberitz. Promoted to Generalmajor on 01-08-1935 with the command of the 1st Infantry Regiment. He became a Generalleutnant on 01-04-1936 and General of the Infantry on 01-02-1938 and on 01-03-1938 Commanding General of the XII Army Corps and of the IV Army Replacement Corps on 30-04-1942.
Following Operation Bagration, the huge Soviet counter-attack in 1944, XII Corps were forced to retreat in bad condition and in July 1944 were finally destroyed in a pocket east of Minsk. Generalleutnant Vincenz Müller was taken prisoner. The corps was reformed in April 1945 to defend the middle Rhine and Thuringia under General Herbert Osterkamp. Generalleutnant Müller died on 15-05-1961, age 66, in somewhat controversial circumstances, as he fell from the balcony of his home on the day he was scheduled to return to hospital; it was rumoured that he had committed suicide when a police vehicle drew up outside. General Herbert Osterkamp survived the war and died age 75 on 17-03-1970 in Dortmund.
Schroth was also involved in the occupation of Chechie on 01-10-1938. He is awarded with the Knight’s Cross for his leading in the battles against the fortresses Brest-Litowsk. He was appointed with the command of the Wehrkreis XII on 01-05-1943 and Commanding General of the XII Army Corps in Wiesbaden. On 04-08-1944 he was accepted in the Ehrenhof of the Wehrmacht, a group of Field Marshals and Generals who were still trusted by Adolf Hitler after the July 20th bomb attack. Other members were Fieldmarshal, Gerd von Rundstedt, Generaloberst der Panzer, Heinz Wilhelm Guderian and General der Infanterie, Karl Specht
Death and burial ground of Schroth, Walter.
Walter Schroth was killed in a car accident, on 03-06-194 at the age of 62 and the circumstances were not clear. He is buried on the Old South cemetery of Wiesbaden. Wiesbaden apparently a popular place and you can find the graves of General der Infanterie, Commandeur der 76th Infanterie Division , Erich Abraham, Generalmajor der Artillerie, Kommandeur der 145th Artillerie Division, Rudolf Henrici, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Director of Replacement Army Corps XII, Max von Basse, Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur III Luftwaffe Ersatz Battalion, Wolf von Biedermann, Generalmajor der Infanterie, Kommandeur der 7th Infanterie Regiment, Eberhard Bohnstedt