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Bruno Oswald Bräuer

General der Fallschirmtruppe

Born: 4 February 1893 in Willmannsdorf, Krs. Jauer (Silesia)

Executed: 20 May 1947 together with General Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller* in the Schaidari Barracks in Athens, Greece under military law

DKiG: 13 April 1942

RK: 24 May 1940 as Oberst and Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1, 7. Luft-Division

* General Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller was Kommandierender-General LXVIII. Armeekorps at the end of the war and a recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves and Swords.

Bruno Bräuer served as a cadet in the Annaberg District, Halle from 27 April 1905. He successfully passed a number of courses. When the First World War began Bräuer was a member of 7./West-Prussian-Infanterie-Regiment No. 155. He won both Iron Crosses and when the war was over was taken into the Reichswehr. On 7 August 1919 he became a Leutnant.

On 1 January 1920 Bräuer joined the police. When the Wecke State Police Group was founded on 25 February 1933 he became a member, commanding the unit's 1st Company.

As a Police Major from 1 January 1938 and Oberleutnant he led the General Göring Regiment's I. Battalion. On 23 November 1938, he became commander of Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 1 and 1 January 1939 saw him promoted to Oberst. In the Polish Campaign Bräuer received the Spange to the Iron Crosses, First and Second Class. In the airborne operation against Fortress Holland he led his regiment to the Dordrecht and Tweede Tool areas. There he received the Knight's Cross for "heroic personal actions in the employment and command of his regiment."

Bräuer led the East Group in the airborne invasion of Crete. There too he demonstrated his leadership qualities.

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Eugen Meindl

General der Fallschirmtruppe

Born: 16 July 1892 in Donaueschingen, Baden-Baden

Died: 24 January 1951 in München

DKiG: 27 July 1942

RK: 14 June 1941 as Generalmajor and Kommandeur, Fallschirmjäger-Sturm-Regiment

EL: 31 August 1944 (as 564) as General der Fallschirmtruppe and Kommandierender-General of II. Fallschirmkorps

Schwerter: 8 May 1945 (as 155) as General der Fallschirmtruppe and Kommandierender-General of II. Fallschirmkorps. Meindl's recommendation for the Swords were submitted by General der Fallschirmtruppe Schlemm and endorsed by General Blaskowitz, Oberbefehlshaber Heeresgruppe H, Generalfeldmarschall Kesselring, Oberbefehlshaber West and Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring. The recommendation was granted and approved by Großadmiral Dönitz.

Eugen Meindl served with the artillery from 27 July 1912. In the First World War he commanded a platoon and later a battery and subsequently served as adjutant with Feld-Artillerie-Regiment 67 and with the Artillery Commander, LII. Korps.

Meindl served with various artillery units in the Reichswehr. Promoted to Hauptmann on 1 August 1924, on 14 September 1926 he was assigned to the Reichswehr Ministry and spent 10 years there before being promoted to Major.

On 10 November 1939 Oberstleutnant Meindl was named commander of Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 112 in Graz. As an Oberst he led the "Meindl Group" and made his very first parachute jump at Narvik. His transfer to the Luftwaffe followed on 28 November 1940, even though he had been commander of "Sturm- Regiment-Meindl" of the parachute troops since 9 August.

The airborne invasion of Crete saw Meindl jump near the Platanias Bridge, where he was shot through the chest, a very serious wound. Major Stentzler led the regiment until Oberst Ramcke arrived.

On 26 February 1942 Generalmajor Meindl became commander of the newly-formed Luftwaffe Division Meindl in Russia and on 26 September took over XII. Fliegerkorps (later I. Luftwaffe-Feld-Korps).

Meindl distinguished himself in the winter fighting in Russia, was named in the Wehrmacht communiqué and on 5 November 1943 was promoted to commanding general of II. Fallschirmkorps, which he led in the west on the invasion front and later at Cleve and in the Reichswald. Meindl's corps fought with distinction at Goch and in the Wesel bridgehead. Meindl was taken prisoner and held until 29 September 1947.

Willrich color postcard autographed and dated 10 October 1942

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