Gustav Heistermann von Ziehlberg

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Gustav Dietrich Adolf Heistermann von Ziehlberg
Born10 December 1898
Hohensalza, Province of Posen, German Empire
Died2 February 1945(1945-02-02) (aged 46)
Spandau Prison, Berlin
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branchHeer
Years of service1914–1945
RankGeneralleutnant
Commands held65. Infanterie-Division
28. Jäger-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross
 
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Gustav Dietrich Adolf Heistermann von Ziehlberg
Born10 December 1898
Hohensalza, Province of Posen, German Empire
Died2 February 1945(1945-02-02) (aged 46)
Spandau Prison, Berlin
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918)
 Weimar Republic (to 1933)
 Nazi Germany
Service/branchHeer
Years of service1914–1945
RankGeneralleutnant
Commands held65. Infanterie-Division
28. Jäger-Division
Battles/wars

World War I
World War II

AwardsKnight's Cross of the Iron Cross

Gustav Dietrich Adolf Heistermann von Ziehlberg (10 December 1898 – 2 February 1945) was a highly decorated Generalleutnant in the Wehrmacht during World War II. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross was awarded to recognise extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership.

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July 20 Plot, Arrest and Execution

On 27 July 1944, Gustav Heistermann von Ziehlberg was ordered to arrest Major Joachim Kuhn for his involvement in the July 20 Plot. Heistermann von Ziehlberg refused to handover Kuhn, and Kuhn used that opportunity to defect to Russian troops. Heistermann von Ziehlberg was charged with negligent disobedience and sentenced to 7 months in prison, however he was pardoned for his previous service.

In November he was arrested and was dishonourably discharged and stripped of all honors, ranks and titles. He was executed on 2 February 1945 by firing squad at Spandau Prison in Berlin.

Awards and decorations

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Footnotes
  1. ^ Gustav Heistermann von Ziehlberg, in connection with the 20 July plot, failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler, was sentenced to death by the Reichskriegsgericht on 21 November 1944 and executed on 2 February 1945. The dishonorable discharge deprived him of all honors, ranks and orders.[2]
Citations
  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 185.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 139.

References

  • Fellgiebel, Walther-Peer (2000). Die Träger des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939-1945. Friedburg, Germany: Podzun-Pallas. ISBN 3-7909-0284-5.
  • Scherzer, Veit (2007). Ritterkreuzträger 1939–1945 Die Inhaber des Ritterkreuzes des Eisernen Kreuzes 1939 von Heer, Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, Waffen-SS, Volkssturm sowie mit Deutschland verbündeter Streitkräfte nach den Unterlagen des Bundesarchives (in German). Jena, Germany: Scherzers Miltaer-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-938845-17-2.

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Military offices
Preceded by
Generalleutnant Wilhelm Rupprecht
Commander of 65. Infanterie-Division
31 May 1943 – 1 December 1943
Succeeded by
Generalleutnant Hellmuth Pfeifer
Preceded by
General der Infanterie Hans Speth
Commander of 28. Jäger-Division
28 April 1944 – 19 November 1944
Succeeded by
Generalmajor Ernst König