Johannes Frießner

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Johannes Friessner
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1984-018-27A, Johannes Friessner.jpg
Born (1892-03-22)22 March 1892
Chemnitz, German Empire
Died 26 June 1971(1971-06-26) (aged 79)
Bad Reichenhall, West Germany
Allegiance  German Empire
 Weimar Republic
 Nazi Germany
Service/branch Army
Rank Generaloberst
Commands held XXIII Army Corps
Battles/wars

World War I


World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves

Johannes Friessner (22 March 1892 – 26 June 1971) was a German general in the Wehrmacht of Nazi Germany during World War II. Friessner enlisted in the German Army in 1911 and, after seeing extensive duty during World War I, served in the Reichswehr following the war.

After his promotion to Generalmajor on 1 August 1940, during World War II, Friessner was assigned to the Eastern Front where, on 1 May 1942 and placed in command of the 102nd Infantry Division. Shortly after his promotion to Generalleutnant on 1 October 1942, Friessner served as commander of the XXIII Corps from 19 January to 11 December 1943 (during which time he was promoted General der Infanterie on 1 April).

In February 1944, Friessner was transferred to the Northern Front and assigned command to Sponheimer Group (renamed army detachment "Narva" on 23 February). Promoted to Generaloberst on 1 July, Friessner briefly held command of Army Group North until 25 July before being sent to the southern front to command South Ukraine Army Group (later renamed the Army Group Southeast). Unable to halt the four month Soviet offensive by Marshal Rodion Malinovsky's Second Ukrainian Front, Friessner was relieved of his command on 22 December. Holding no further command for the remainder of the war, Friessner lived in retirement in Bayerisch Gmain until his death on 26 June 1971.

In 1951, he was the chairman of the Verband deutscher Soldaten (Union of German Soldiers). During the early 1950s he was active in advising on the redevelopment of the German army: Bundeswehr. In 1956, Friessner wrote Verratene Schlachten (Betrayed Battles), a memoir of his tour of command of the South Ukraine Army Group.

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thomas 1997, p. 184.
  2. ^ Patzwall & Scherzer 2001, p. 124.
  3. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 188.
  4. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 81.

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. 
  • Frießner, Johannes (1956). Verratene Schlachten, die Tragödie der deutschen Wehrmacht in Rumänien [Betrayed battles, the tragedy of the Wehrmacht in Rumania] (in German). Leinen & Hamburg, Germany: Holsten-Verlag. 
  • 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. 
  • Searle, Alaric (2003). Wehrmacht Generals, West German Society, and the Debate on Rearmament, 1949–1959. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. ISBN 978-0-275-97968-3. 
  • Thomas, Franz (1997). Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945 Band 1: A–K [The Oak Leaves Bearers 1939–1945 Volume 1: A–K] (in German). Osnabrück, Germany: Biblio-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6. 
Military offices
Preceded by
Generalmajor Werner von Räsfeld
Commander of 102. Infantrie-Division
1 May 1942 – 19 January 1943
Succeeded by
General Otto Hitzfeld
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Carl Hilpert
Commander of XXIII. Armeekorps
January 1943 – 7 December 1943
Succeeded by
General der Panzertruppe Hans Freiherr von Funck
Preceded by
Generaloberst Georg Lindemann
Commander of Heeresgruppe Nord
4 July 1944 – 23 July 1944
Succeeded by
Generalfeldmarschall Ferdinand Schörner
Preceded by
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein
Commander of Army Group South
23 September 1944 – 28 December 1944
Succeeded by
General der Infanterie Otto Wöhler