NAME: General der Infanterie Werner Kienitz
General der Infanterie
DATE: 3rd May 1945
OF BIRTH: 3 June 1885
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kallies/Kreis
DATE OF DEATH:
31 December 1959
PLACE OF DEATH: Hamburg
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
HAIR COLOUR: Grey
EYE COLOUR: Grey
NEXT OF KIN:
Kienitz, Hamburg Flottbek (British Zone)
11 March 1904
18 October 1904
18 August 1905 (Patent 17 February 1904)
18 February 1913
24 December 1914
1 February 1925 (RDA 1 October 1924)
1 October 1929
1 April 1932
1 March 1935
1 April 1937
der Infanterie: 1 April 1938
March 1904: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker in Infanterie-Regiment
General-Feldmarshchall Prinz Friedrich Karl von Preußen (8. Brandenburgisches)
October 1912: Regimental Adjutant of Infantry Regiment 64.
December 1914: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 64.
December 1915: In the General Staff of Army High Command 9.
January 1917: In the General Staff of the 21st Reserve Division.
April 1919: Military District Inspector.
October 1919: Company Chief in Reichswehr Battalion “Berlin.”
December 1919: Company Chief in Reichswehr Jäger Battalion 3.
May 1920: Company Chief in Reichswehr Infantry Regiment 5.
January 1921: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 9.
May 1922: On the staff of Artillery Leader III.
February 1924: On the staff of Infantry Leader VI.
October 1926: On the staff of the 4th Division.
July 1929: Commander of the III. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 18.
April 1932: Commander of Infantry Regiment 15.
October 1934: Commander of the Stuttgart Border Defense Area.
October 1935: Commander of the 24th Division, Chemnitz.
April 1938: Commanding General of the XVII Army Corps. [The corps took
part in the invasions of Poland in September 1939 and France in May-June
1940. The XVII Army Corps then took part in the invasion of the Soviet
Union from June 1941 as a component of Army Group South.]
April 1938-26 August 1939: At the same time, Commander of Wehrkreis
[Military District] XVII, Wien.
January 1942: Führer Reserve in the Army High Command.
May 1942-1 February 1945: Deputy Commanding General of the II Army Corps
and Commander of Wehrkreis II, Stettin.
February 1945: Führer Reserve in the
Army High Command.
May 1945-May 1948: Prisoner of war.
- 9th January
1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 12th May
1948 transferred to Camp 186 for repatriation
Cross of the Iron Cross: 31 August 1941, General der Infanterie, Commanding
General of the XVII Army Corps.
Cross in Silver: 22 April 1945, General der Infanterie, Deputy Commanding
General of the II Army Corps and Commander of Wehrkreis II.
Crown Order, 4th Class
Royal Hohenzollern House Order, Knight's Cross with Swords
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Merit Cross, 1st Class with Swords
Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Swords
Hohenzollern House Order, Honor Cross 3rd Class with Swords
Military Merit Order, 4th Class with Swords
General Honor Decoration, “for Bravery”
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Medal of 13 March 1938
Medal of 1 October 1938 with Castle Prague Bar
Military Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration
- Princely Hohenzollern
Honor Cross, 3rd Class with Swords
was highly decorated during World War I. Note he held both the Royal Hohenzollern
House Order and the Princely Hohenzollern Honor Cross. Despite the close
similarity in names, these were two separate yet affiliated orders. The
first one was the personal house order of Kaiser Wilhelm II, the King of
Prussia and Emperor of Germany, while the second one was the personal house
order of the Kaiser's Catholic cousins in Sigmaringen. Both decorations
were virtually identical in appearance except for different centrepieces
and mottos, VOM FELS ZUM MEER ("From the Mountains to the Sea") and FÜR
TREUE UND VERDIENST ("For Fidelity and Merit") respectively.
to see a photo of General der Infanterie Werner Kienitz in the company of
fellow prisoners of war at Island Farm.