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Guys,

Small group today with the order to inform the troops of the the death in action of their commanding officer in Poland.

We have a memorial for him at the entrance to the training area.

Rich

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That is an interesting piece of paper which I have never seen before. It was strange for someone with such a high rank commanding an artillery regiment and due to his high rank and the way he had been treated prior to the war in the well known 'Blomberg-Fritsch Affair' there were rumours at the time that he deliberately got himself killed, something that could well be true. 

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Kev,

That is what is generally understood round these parts. The family had a conection to Achterberg which no longer exists but once stood in the centre North of the Tp Ub Platz Bergen. I shall do a picture of his memorial here and I know an old oil painting still exists within the Camp. I expect the conection with Celle is that he may have been an Honourary Col or such like to the local Arty units? 

Rich

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His memorial!

I am sadly not a photographer!

Rich

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Looking a bit run down in places.

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When he was killed he was the Colonel-in-Chief of Artillerie-Regiment 12, having been recalled back in to service on the eve of the war. Even though he had been set up by Hitler and his cronies Fritsch still remained loyal to Hitler and remained an anti-Semite to his dying day.

He used to have a memorial on the spot he was killed in Warsaw but it was destroyed during the 1944 Uprising.

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