SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
Schlieben as a POW at Island Farm
Special Camp 11
Karl-Wilhelm von Schlieben
PW NO: 18845
CAPTURED: Cherbourg, France
DATE: 26 June 1944
DATE OF BIRTH: 30 October 1894
PLACE OF BIRTH: Eisenach
DATE OF DEATH: 18 June 1964
PLACE OF DEATH: Giessen
OCCUPATION: Army Officer
HAIR COLOUR: Greying
EYE COLOUR: Grey
NEXT OF KIN: Prof. Dr Nagell, Kassel-Wilhelmshoehe
Parents: Father: Major Wilhelm von Schlieben (killed in
action on 11 November 1914 while commanding Reserve Infantry Regiment 83);
Mother: Gabriele (née Kreutzburg) von Schlieben.
Wife: Elenore (née Kracker von Schwartzenfeldt) von Schlieben.
- Fahnenjunker: 11 August 1914
- Fähnrich: 9 January 1915
- Leutnant: 3 March 1915 (Patent 22 May 1914)
- Oberleutnant: 1 April 1925
- Rittmeister: 1 October 1929
- Major: 1 October 1935
- Oberstleutnant: 1 August 1938
- Oberst: 1 August 1941 (RDA 1 August 1940)
- Generalmajor: 1 May 1943
- Generalleutnant: 1 May 1944
Commands & Assignments:
- 11 August 1914: Entered the Prussian Army as a Fahnenjunker assigned
to the Replacement Battalion of the 3. Garde Regiment zu Fuß.
- 13 September 1914: Joined his regiment in the Field.
- 26 September 1914: Wounded.
- Spring of 1916: Company Commander in the 3. Garde Regiment zu Fuß.
Later in the year, appointed a battalion adjutant and ordnance officer.
- 29 November 1916: Wounded.
- 27 January 1917: Battalion Adjutant in the 3. Garde Regiment zu Fuß.
- January 1918: Sick/in hospital.
- Spring of 1918: Ordnance Officer on the staff of Generalkommando
[General Command] 60.
- 1 January 1919: Returned to the rolls of 3. Garde Regiment zu Fuß
and assigned to the Replacement
- 1 October 1919: Transferred to Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 29.
- 1 October 1920: Adjutant of II. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 9.
- 1 June 1924: Transferred to Cavalry Regiment 7.
- 1 April 1929: Squadron Chief, 3rd Squadron of Reiter Regiment 12.
- 1 April 1934: Adjutant, Cavalry Command Stettin.
- 12 October 1935: Adjutant of the 1st Cavalry Brigade.
- 1 April 1936: Transferred to the staff of Senior Cavalry Officer
- 1 October 1937: Adjutant of the XIII Army Corps.
- 26 August 1939: Transferred to the staff of Wehrkreis [Military District]
Command XIII, Deputy XIII Army Corps.
- End of the French Campaign (circa June 1940): Commander of Schützen
[Rifle]-Regiment 1 of the 1st Panzer Division.
- 15 August 1940: Commander of Schützen-Regiment 108 of the 14th Panzer
- 20 July 1942: Commander of the 4th Schützen Brigade of the 4th Panzer
- February1943-March of 1943: Delegated with leadership of the 208th
- 1 April 1943: Delegated with leadership of the 18th Panzer Division.
- 1 May 1943: Commander of the 18th Panzer Division.
- 20 October 1943: The 18th Panzer Division was inactivated and the
remnants were sent to Lithuania and reorganized as the 18th Artillery
Division. At this time, von Schlieben was placed in Führer Reserve.
- 12 December 1943: Commander of the 709th Infantry Division.
- 23 June 1944: Commandant of Fortress Cherbourg, France. [As Commandant
of Fortress Cherbourg, von Schlieben surrendered to Major General Manton
S. Eddy, Commander of the U.S. 9th Infantry Division, on the afternoon
of 26 June 1944. Generalleutnant von Schlieben surrendered along with
Konteradmiral Walter Hennecke, Commandant of Sea Defenses Normandy, and
about 800 other soldiers at his underground command post in St. Sauveur
on the southern outskirts of Cherbourg. He refused to order the garrison
to surrender but organized resistance ceased the following day anyway.]
- 26 June 1944-7 October 1947: Prisoner of war in U.S. and, later,
- 1 July 1944 transferred to Trent Park Camp 11 sorting camp.
- 9 January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
talks about his time in Camp 11
- 1 October 1947
transferred to Camp 186
- 2 October 1947
Decorations & Awards:
- Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross: 17 March 1943, Oberst, Commander
of Brigade Staff “for Special Employment” 4 and Commander of the 208th
Infantry Division, Eastern Front.
- German Cross in Gold: 2 July 1942, Oberst, Commander of Schützen-Regiment
108 of the 14th Panzer Division, Eastern Front.
- Prussian Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- Prussian Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- War Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Sword
- Medal for the Winter Campaign in Russia, 1941/1942 (“East Medal”)
- Brunswick War Merit Cross, 1st Class
- Brunswick War Merit Cross, 2nd Class
- Cross of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
- Armed Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
- Armed Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
- Wound Badge in Black - World War I award
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