Friedrich Weber (general)

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Friedrich Weber
Born31 March 1892
Chateau-Salins
Died2 September 1972(1972-09-02) (aged 80)
Allegiance
RankGeneralleutnant
Commands heldInfanterie-Regiment 481
256. Infanterie-Division
334. Infanterie-Division
131. Infanterie-Division
Festungs-Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Friedrich Weber was born on 31 March 1892 in Chateau-Salins as the son of an Imperial notary.

Military career[edit]

Having served in Freikorps Epp, Weber married in 1924, and had four sons. Beginning in 1931, Weber commanded the 13. Minenwerfer-Kompanie in Regensburg. In 1935, in Deggendorf, he became commander of the III. Bataillon, 20. Infanterie-Regiment.

Since the invasion of Poland, Oberstleutnant Weber was commander of Infanterie-Regiment 481, which he also led into the Netherlands. For entering the fortress Rotterdam on May 17, 1940, Weber received a Ritterkreuz. In July, he pleaded with Gauinspekteur Ganninger to inform the Gauleiter about his advance. In October, he was promoted to the rank of Oberst.[1]

By June 1941, Weber served in the Soviet Union. In January 1942, he took command of the 256. Infanterie-Division.[2]

Beginning in November 1943, Generalmajor Weber commanded the Silesian 298. Infanterie-Division in the Soviet Union. In January 1944, he took command of the 131. Infanterie-Division that was to hold a line at Vitebsk.

He was promoted to the rank of Generalleutnant in 1944.[3]

In December 1944, Weber was commander of Festungs-Division Warschau.

Relief of Command[edit]

He was relieved of his command on 25 January 1945 for his role in the unauthorized evacuation of the Polish capital.[3]

From May 8, 1945 until June 26, 1947, Weber was a US prisoner of war.[4]

Military awards[edit]

Civilian career[edit]

In 1951, Weber became headmaster of Volkshochschule Deggendorf. In 1961, he turned heads as founder of the Zeitgeschichtliches Bildungszentrum Schloss Egg. Weber also presided over the Deggendorf Waffenring.

He died on 2 September 1972.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 230f
  2. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, pp. 277f
  3. ^ a b Mitchem 2010, p. 287.
  4. ^ Anna Rosmus Hitlers Nibelungen, Samples Grafenau 2015, p. 279
  5. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 437.
  6. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 769.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) [1986]. Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939–1945 — Die Inhaber der höchsten Auszeichnung des Zweiten Weltkrieges aller Wehrmachtteile [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.
  • Mitchem, Samuel W. Jr. (2010). Blitzkrieg No Longer: The German Wehrmacht in Battle, 1943. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Books. ISBN 978-1-84884-302-8.
  • 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 Militaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Gerhard Kauffmann
Commander of 256. Infanterie-Division
4 January 1942 – 14 February 1942
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Paul Danhauser
Preceded by
Commander of 334. Infanterie-Division
15 November 1942 – 15 April 1943
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Fritz Krause
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Heinrich Meyer-Buerdorf
Commander of 131. Infanterie-Division
10 January 1944 – 28 October 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Werner Schulze