Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff
|Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff|
|Born||25 April 1893|
|Died||30 January 1946
|Commands held||Division Nr. 465|
|Awards||Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross|
|Relations||Werner von Erdmannsdorff (brother)|
Erdmannsdorff, who was at that time commander of the so-called "Fortress Mogilev" surrendered to the Soviet troops in late June 1944 during the Mogilev Offensive. He was tried by a Soviet tribunal (the "Minsk Process") for crimes committed in Belarus along with 18 other officers, 14 of whom, including Erdmannsdorff, were sentenced to death on 29 January 1946. The officers were hanged in public (with over 100,000 civilian spectators) in the horse racing venue of Minsk, on 30 January 1946. He was the younger brother of General der Infanterie Werner von Erdmannsdorff.
Awards and decorations
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross on 20 March 1942 as Oberst and commander of Infanterie-Regiment 171
- Der Minsker Prozess. Article at Hannesheer.de (German)
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Adelige Häuser A Band XXVII, Band 132 der Gesamtreihe, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 2003, p. 318–319
- Fellgiebel 2000, p. 147.
- 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.
|Commander of Division Nr. 465
29 September 1942 – 1 March 1944
Generalleutnant Kurt Hoffmann