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NAME: General der Fallschirmtruppe Alfred Schlemm (Luftwaffe)

PW NO:          611705

RANK:            General der Fallschirmtruppe

CAPTURED:   Unknown

DATE:             8 May 1945


DATE OF BIRTH:      18 December 1894

PLACE OF BIRTH:    Rudolstadt/Thüringen

DATE OF DEATH:     24 January 1986

PLACE OF DEATH:  Ahlten near Hannover

NATIONALITY:        German

RELIGION:                Evangelical

OCCUPATION:         Regular Air Force Officer

HEIGHT:                    5'9"

WEIGHT:                   Unknown

HAIR COLOUR:        Brown

EYE COLOUR:          Brown

NEXT OF KIN:          Annemarie Schlemm, Aulten near Lehrte (English Zone)


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[1] Achieving the rank of Generaloberst, Kurt Student was held for a time at Island Farm Special Camp 11 after the war. 

[2] Generalleutnant Wilhelm Süßmann was killed while en route to Crete when his DFS 230 glider crashed on the island of Aegina after the tow rope parted. Temporary divisional command passed to Oberst Alfred Sturm, the commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 2.

[3] Achieving the rank of Generaloberst, Gotthard Heinrici was held as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11 until repatriated in May 1948.

[4] To make good manpower losses incurred on the Eastern Front, 22 field divisions were formed from surplus Luftwaffe personnel beginning in September 1942. Initially remaining under Luftwaffe administrative control, the field divisions generally suffered from poor training and morale as well as shortages of equipment, artillery and vehicles. Although originally intended for service in quiet sectors of the front and occupation duties, the troops of the Luftwaffe field divisions often found themselves in the thick of combat. Ill-suited for frontline service against veteran Russian troops, the Luftwaffe divisions more often than not collapsed when on the receiving end of an attack. Effective 1 November 1943, the surviving Luftwaffe field divisions were transferred to Army control.             

[5] Generals Heinrich-Gottfried von Vietinghoff genannt Scheel and Joachim Lemelsen were both held for varying periods of time at Island Farm Special Camp 11 after the war.

[6] General der Fallschirmtruppe Eugen Meindl commanded the II. Fallschirm-Korps from November 1943 until the end of the war. He was later held as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11. General der Infanterie Carl Püchler commanded the LXXXVI Army Corps until succeeded by General der Infanterie Erich Straube on 17 December 1944. Following the launch of Operation Veritable on 8 February 1945, the 1. Fallschirm-Armee was reinforced with the XXXXVII Panzer Corps (General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Freiherr von Lüttwitz) and the LXIII Army Corps (General der Infanterie Erich Abraham).

[7] Generalmajor Heinz Fiebig’s 84th Infantry Division manned the West Wall positions in the Reichswald. Shortly after the launch of Operation Veritable, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 16 from the 6th Fallschirmjäger-Division (Generalleutnant Hermann Plocher) was attached to Fiebig’s division and positioned on his right flank. Additionally, the 7th Fallschirmjäger-Division (Generalleutnant Dipl. Ing. Wolfgang Erdmann) was deployed on Fiebig’s left flank. Anecdotal sources suggest that Fiebig was later held as a prisoner of war at Island Farm Special Camp 11.

[8] General der Infanterie Günther Blummentritt was held for a time at Island Farm Special Camp 11 after the war.

Schlemm with Gerd von Rundstedt