Gottfried Frölich

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Gottfried Frölich
Born 3 June 1894
Dresden
Died 30 July 1959(1959-07-30) (aged 65)
Heidenheim
Allegiance  German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Heer
Years of service 1914–1945
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held 36. Grenadier-Division
8. Panzer-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gottfried Frölich (3 June 1894 – 30 July 1959) was a highly decorated Generalmajor in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership. Gottfried Frölich was captured by British troops in May 1945 and was released in May 1948.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Wehrmachtbericht reference[edit]

Date Original German Wehrmachtbericht wording Direct English translation
10 November 1943 Die brandenburgisch-westfälische 8. Panzerdivision unter Führung von Oberst Frölich und die brandenburgische 68. Infanteriedivision unter Führung von Oberst Scheuerpflug verdienen für ihre hervorragenden kämpferischen Leistungen bei den schweren Kämpfen im Südabschnitt der Ostfront besondere Anerkennung.[2] The Westphalian Brandenburg-8th Panzer Division, led by Colonel Frölich and the 68th Brandenburg Infantry Division, led by Colonel Scheuerpflug deserve for their outstanding combat achievements in the heavy fighting in the southern sector of the Eastern Front special recognition.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 157.
  2. ^ Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, p. 602.
Bibliography
  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 – Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtsteile [The Bearers of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939–1945 — The Owners of the Highest Award of the Second World War of all Wehrmacht Branches] (in German). Friedberg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 978-3-7909-0284-6. 
  • Patzwall, Klaus D.; Scherzer, Veit (2001). Das Deutsche Kreuz 1941 – 1945 Geschichte und Inhaber Band II [The German Cross 1941 – 1945 History and Recipients Volume 2] (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Verlag Klaus D. Patzwall. ISBN 978-3-931533-45-8. 
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Die Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives [The Knight's Cross Bearers 1939–1945 The Holders of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross 1939 by Army, Air Force, Navy, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm and Allied Forces with Germany According to the Documents of the Federal Archives] (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2. 
  • Die Wehrmachtberichte 1939–1945 Band 2, 1. Januar 1942 bis 31. Dezember 1943 [The Wehrmacht Reports 1939–1945 Volume 2, 1 January 1942 to 31 December 1943] (in German). München, Germany: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. 1985. ISBN 978-3-423-05944-2. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf Stegmann
Commander of 36. Grenadier-Division
10 August 1943 - 20 September 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Rudolf Stegmann
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Sebastian Fichtner
Commander of 8. Panzer-Division
20 September 1943 – 1 April 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Werner Friebe
Preceded by
Generalmajor Werner Friebe
Commander of 8. Panzer-Division
21 July 1944 – 5 January 1945
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Heinrich-Georg Hax