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|Born||Osterburg (Altmark) 8 March 1884|
|Died||25 September 1963(aged 79)|
|Commands held||Military Commander of Denmark
36th Infantry Division
L Army Corps
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves|
World War II
In 1936, Lindemann was promoted to Generalmajor and given command of the 36th Infantry Division which took part in the Invasion of France. Lindemann was promoted to full General and given command of the L Army Corps. In June 1941, at the launch of Operation Barbarossa, Lindemann's Corps was a part of Army Group North. Lindemann commanded the corps during the advance towards Leningrad. His unit was briefly shifted to the command of Army Group Centre during the Battle of Smolensk. Lindemann's corps was then shifted back to Army Group North.
On 16 January 1942, Lindemann took the command of the 18th Army, a part of Army Group North. In the summer of 1942, he was promoted to Generaloberst. Lindemann commanded the 18th Army throughout the campaigns around Leningrad and during the January 1944 retreat from Oranienbaum to Narva. He was promoted to command of Army Group North on 31 March 1944. On 4 July 1944 he was relieved and transferred to the Reserve Army. On 1 February 1945, he was appointed to the command of all German troops in Denmark as the "Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in Denmark". Germany surrendered unconditionally in northwest Germany, the Netherlands, and Denmark on 5 May 1945. Lindemann was then given the task of dismantling the German occupation of Denmark until 6 June 1945, when he was arrested at his headquarters in Silkeborg. He was held in American custody until 1948. Lindemann died in 1963 in Freunsenstadt, West Germany.
Awards and decorations
- Iron Cross (1914) 2nd Class (9 September 1914) & 1st Class (28 July 1915)
- Clasp to the Iron Cross (1939) 2nd Class (26 September 1939) & 1st Class (30 October 1939)
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves
- Thomas 1998, p. 28.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 239.
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 62.
- Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000) . 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.
- Thomas, Franz (1998). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 2: L–Z [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 2: L–Z] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2300-9.
|Commander of 36. Infanterie-Division
1 September 1939 – 25 October 1940
Generalleutnant Otto-Ernst Ottenbacher
Generalfeldmarschall Georg von Küchler
|Commander of 18. Armee
16 January 1942 – 29 March 1944
General der Artillerie Herbert Loch
Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model
|Commander of Heeresgruppe Nord
31 March 1944 – 4 July 1944
Generaloberst Johannes Frießner
Hermann von Hanneken
|Military Commander Denmark
1 February 1945 – 6 June 1945