Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff

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Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff
Born 25 April 1893
Died 30 January 1946(1946-01-30) (aged 52)
Minsk, Belarus
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army (Wehrmacht)
Rank Generalmajor
Commands held Division Nr. 465
Battles/wars Mogilev Offensive
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Werner von Erdmannsdorff (brother)

Gottfried von Erdmannsdorff (25 April 1893 – 30 January 1946) was a general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

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.[1] He was the younger brother of General der Infanterie Werner von Erdmannsdorff.[2]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Der Minsker Prozess. Article at Hannesheer.de (German)
  2. ^ Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Adelige Häuser A Band XXVII, Band 132 der Gesamtreihe, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 2003, p. 318–319
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 147.

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. 
Military offices
Preceded by
none
Commander of Division Nr. 465
29 September 1942 – 1 March 1944
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Kurt Hoffmann