Siebert, Friedrich Maximillian

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Siebert, Friedrich Maximillian, born 07-07-1888 in Ludwigshafen, entered the Königlich Bayerische Army as a Fahnenjunker in 1917, age, 19. He joined the 20th Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Regiment “Prinz Franz” . He became a Leutnant on 26-05-1909 after finishing the War School in Munich. With the outbreak of the first war he was serving in the same regiment and promoted to Hauptmann on 18-08-1916 and wounded  in battle. He was awarded with both the Iron Crosses  and was allowed in the new, 100.000 men, Reichswehr .  He climbed up to Major on 01-10-1929 and Oberst on 01-09-1935 and was the successor of Oberst, later General der Infanterie, Bruno Bieler   as commander of the 55th Infantry Regiment, in Würzburg. He became a Generalmajor on 01-04-1939 and was involved in the invasion of Poland with his regiment in the summer of 1939. He lost his command on 30-09-1939 and assigned as commander of the 44th Infantry Division  succeeding Generalleutnant Albrecht Schubert , on 01-10-1939 and led this division on the Western front in the spring of 1940. General Schubert survived the war and died 26-11-1966, age 80 in Bielefeld. Siebert stayed in France with 44th as occupation force and transferred to the General Government in Poland and promoted to Generalleutnant on 01-04-1941. He now wear the claps of the Iron Cross and took part in the Operation Barbarossa  in June 1941 with the 44th. The 91.000 German POWs taken at Stalingrad, 27.000 died within weeks and only 5-6,000 returned to Germany by 1955. The remainder of the POWs died in Soviet captivity. On 02-02-1943, the organized resistance of Axis troops in Stalingrad ceased. Out of the 91.000 prisoners taken by the Soviets, 3.000 were Romanian. These were the survivors of the 20th Infantry Division , 1st Cavalry Division  and “Colonel Voicu” Detachment. According to archival figures, the Red Army suffered a total of 1.129.619 total casualties; 478.741 men killed or missing and 650.878 wounded. These numbers are for the whole Don region; in the city itself 750.000 were killed, captured, or wounded. Anywhere from 25.000 to 40.000 Soviet civilians died in Stalingrad and its suburbs during a single week of aerial bombing by Luftflotte 4, under Generaloberst Alexander Löhr as the German 4th Panzer and 6th Armies approached the city; the total number of civilians killed in the regions outside the city is unknown. In all, the battle resulted in an estimated total of 1.7-2 million Axis and Soviet casualties. Siebert now received the Iron Cross of the Iron Cross and lost the command of the 44th in Mai 1942 and landed in the Führer Reserve. Appointed as commander of the 57th Infantry Division File:57th Infanterie Division Logo.svg succeeding Generalleutnant Oskar Blümm  and fighting on the south side of the Eastern front. Generalleutnant Oskar Blümm died  12-12-1951, age 67, Ursberg in Schwaben Siebert lost this division to General der Infanterie, Commander XXX Armee Corps, Fretter-Pico.
   Fretter Pico died old age 92, on 04-04-1884. Siebert was assigned as temporary commander of XIII Army Corps. Siebert became a General of the Infantry on 01-05-1943 as Commanding General of the XIII Army Corps, succeeding General der Infanterie Erich Straube ,. General Strauber died 31-03-1971, aged 83. Begin September 1943 he lost this command and landed again in the Reserve. He succeeded General Hans Schirmer   DE_Band_mit_RK_(1), Schirmer died age 55, on 04-11-1955 in Soest. Siebert was now the Chief of the Wehrmacht-Streifendienstes, OKW . On 13-05-1944 he was awarded with the German Cross in Gold.

Death and burial ground of Siebert, Friedrich Maximillian.

    Living in Würzburg Siebert died at the age of 61, on 13-03-1950 and is buried on the war section of the Hauptfriedhof in Würzburg and close by are the graves of WWII Generalmajor der Flieger, Kommandeur Versorgung Regio VII, Ferdinand Hornung, Generalmajor der Luftnachrichtentruppe, Kommandant Berlin III, Hans Prockl and Generalmajor der Luftnachrichtentruppe, Commandeur Air Region Signals RegimentHermann Fahrig
 

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