Gotthard* Fedor August Heinrici

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Gotthard* Fedor August Heinrici

Birthplace: Gumbinnen
Death: December 13, 1971 (84)
Waiblingen (Littenweiler, Stadtkreis Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Place of Burial: Bergäcker Cemetery in Freiburg
Immediate Family:

Son of Paul Henrici and Gisela* Henriette von Rauchhaupt
Husband of Gertrude* Theophile Elma Heinrici
Father of Private and Private

Occupation: General
Managed by: Elle Kiiker
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About Gotthard* Fedor August Heinrici

Gotthard Fedor August Heinrici (* 25. Dezember 1886 in Gumbinnen; † 10. Dezember 1971 in Karlsruhe)[1] war ein deutscher Offizier, zuletzt Generaloberst im Zweiten Weltkrieg sowie Kommandeur von Großverbänden des Heeres auf verschiedenen Kriegsschauplätzen.

Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici succeeded Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler as Commander-in-Chief of Army Group Vistula. He was made responsible for the defence of Berlin against the coming Russian attack. Heinrici defied orders by refusing to destroy the city's bridges, installations, and was eventually relieved of command on April 29th, 1945, when he ordered a withdrawl of his troops against Hitler's specific orders. His actions helpd save many lives and shortened the duration of the war. Heinrici was eventually captured by the Britsh Army, and was placed in the Island Farm P.O.W. Camp in South-West England. In 1965 Heinrici's story was told in Cornelius Ryan's novel The Last Battle. Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici died on December 13th, 1971 in Waiblingen. He is buried in Freiberg, Germany.

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Gotthard* Fedor August Heinrici's Timeline

December 15, 1886
December 13, 1971
Age 84
Bergäcker Cemetery in Freiburg