December 1909: Entered the Army as a Fähnrich in the Infanterie-Regiment
Großherzog Friedrich Franz II von Mecklenburg-Schwerin (4. Brandenburgisches)
Nr. 24 after passing out from the Cadet Corps.
July 1910-10 April 1911: Detached to the Potsdam War School.
February 1914: Detached to the Machinegun Company of Infantry Regiment 24.
October 1914: Wounded/in hospital.
February 1915: Detached as an Instructor to the Machinegun Training Course
April 1915: Company Leader in Infantry Regiment 24.
September 1916: Machinegun Officer on Staff of Infantry Regiment 24.
October 1916: Regimental Adjutant of Infantry Regiment 24.
October 1918: Adjutant of the 12th Infantry Brigade.
April 1919: Adjutant of the Berlin II District Command.
August 1919: Transferred to Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 30 and Adjutant
of the Field Supplementary Battalion of Reichswehr Brigade XV in Angermünde.
December 1919: While retaining his previous position, transferred to Reichswehr
Infantry Regiment 103.
February 1920: Adjutant of the Garrison Command in Brandenburg/Havel.
May 1920: Platoon Leader in Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 5.
October 1920: Commander of the Training Battalion of the 5th (Prussian)
July 1922: Signals Officer on Staff of the 5th (Prussian) Infantry Regiment.
March 1923: Regimental Adjutant of the 5th (Prussian) Infantry Regiment.
October 1927: Chief of the 11th Company of the 5th (Prussian) Infantry Regiment.
November 1928-9 December 1928: Detached to the Gas Protection Course in
October 1931: Transferred to the staff of the II. Battalion of the 5th (Prussian)
February 1932: Adjutant of Infantry Leader II and Commander of Mecklenburg.
October 1933: Transferred to Schwerin Military District Command.
October 1934: Commander of the II. Battalion of Infantry Regiment “Allenstein.”
October 1935: Commander of the II. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 2.
October 1937: Commander of Teaching Group B at the München War School.
March 1939: Army High Command Leader Reserve, then placed at the disposal
of Wehrkreis [Military District] VII and then delegated with the training
of the Landesschützen (“Territorial” or Local Defense Forces) Units in Bavaria.
September 1939: Commander of Infantry Regiment 282 of the 98th Infantry
Division. [Commanded by Generalleutnant Erich Schröck, the 98th Infantry
Division took part in the invasions of France in May-June 1940 and the Soviet
Union from July 1941.]
December 1941: Delegated with the leadership of the 98th Infantry Division
on the Eastern Front.
February 1942: Commander of the 98th Infantry Division (to 1 February 1944)
on the Eastern Front.
April 1944: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
General der Infanterie Martin Gareis (left) and Generaloberst
May 1944: Commander of the static 264th Infantry Division in Dalmatia, Croatia.
- 9 October
1944: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
January 1945-2 May 1945: Delegated with the leadership of the XXXXVI Panzer
Corps on the Eastern Front (West Prussia and Pomerania).
- 2 May
1945: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 8 May
1945-June 1945: German Liaison Officer between the Headquarters of British
Field Marshal Sir Bernard L. Montgomery (21st Army Group) and the Prisoner
of War Camps of the British Army.
- 23rd August 46 Transferred to US Custody
1947: Released from captivity.
- 1956: Published an historical account of his former division:
Kampf und Ende der Frankisch-Sudetendeutschen
98. Infanterie-Division (Battle and End of the Frankish-Sudeten
German 98th Infantry Division).
Decorations & Awards:
Cross of the Iron Cross: 29 November 1943, Generalleutnant, Commander of the
98th Infantry Division.
Cross in Gold: 18 October 1941, Oberst, Commander of Infantry Regiment 282.
Royal Hohenzollern House Order, Knight’s Cross with Swords: 30 September 1918.
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
for the Winter Campaign in Russia 1941/1942 (“East Medal”)
Military Merit Cross, 1st Class
Military Merit Cross, 2nd Class
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Assault Badge in Silver
Badge in Black – World War I award
Order of Michael the Brave, 3rd Class: 12 July 1944 (Royal Decree No. 1297).