Zorn, Eduard Emil Karl, born 08-08-1901 in Munich, Bavaria, was accepted in the new Reichswehr on 01-05-1921, age 19, as a Fahnenjunker. With the outbreak of World War II he was assigned as staff officer in the 2nd Mountain Division under General der Gebirgstruppe Valentin Feuerstein, The Allies destroyed much of this division near Württemberg towards the end of the war, with survivors surrendering to the Americans and in spring 1940, involved in the battle for Norway. From June 1941 he was fighting with his division against the Soviets near Murmansk. Promoted to to Oberleutnant on 01-02-1942 and from 01-01-1943 as Oberst being the Main Quartermaster of Army Group B, under Generalfeldmarschall der Kavallerie, Maximillian von Weichs
, in France. From 25-01-1944 he was appointed to Quartermaster of the 19th Army, commander, Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Walter Botsch and had to organize the retreat from the South of France in the summer of 1944. On 15-11-1944 he took the command of the 189th Infantry Division, he succeeded General Georg Degener , who died age 59, on 07-09-1953 in Würzburg and Zorn received the Iron Cross . During the battle of the Colmar Pocket Eduard Zorn was killed on 04-02-1945, age 43. On 20-01-1945 the French started to conquer the area around Colmar and they tried to contain as many Germans as possible. The French didn’t reach their goals on the first day because of the heavy resistance of the Germans and the snow storms. The second day was a big success, but on the third day the Germans started a counterattack. After three days, the fighting became very heavy and every town had to be conquered door by door. The Germans ran short on materials and supplies. They used everything they had on infantry and artillery. But Adolf Hitler (did you know) still didn’t give the orders to withdraw. The French started to attack from the north and the south to keep the Germans away from the Rhine, which was their escape route. On January 27, the Germans finally got the permission to withdraw over the Rhine and leave the Alsace to the French. The Germans blew up the bridge over the Rhine at Chalampé on February 9. It was the last bridge that they had to escape over the Rhine. 16.000 Germans were kept prisoner, 20.000 were killed in action, but 50.000 more escaped.
Eduard is the brother of Hans Zorn (27 October 1891 – 2 August 1943) German General in the Wehrmacht. He was a recipient of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oakleaves. Hans Zorn, age 51, was killed on 02-08-1943 by Soviet fire during Operation Kutuzow . He was posthumously awarded the Oak leaves to his Knight’s Cross on 03-09-1943.
Death and burial ground of Zorn, Eduard Emil Karl.
Eduard Emil Karl Zorn, age 43, was killed in the Colmar Pocket on 04-02-1945. Zorn was posthumously promoted to Generalmajor and awarded the Oak Leaves to his Knight’s Cross . He is buried on the war cemetery section of the Waldfriedhof in Munich, his neighbor is the the Generalleutnant der Infanterie, Armee Gruppe Centrum, Wolf Dietrich Xylander