SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
Generalleutnant Heinrich “Heinz” Trettner (Luftwaffe)
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PW NO: B33415
CAPTURED: St Christofero, Italy
DATE: 3 May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 19
PLACE OF BIRTH: Minden/Westfalen
DATE OF DEATH:
PLACE OF DEATH:
Air Force Officer
NEXT OF KIN:
British Zone, Duesseldorf
- Fahnenjunker: 1 April 1925
- Fahnenjunker-Unteroffizier: 1 November 1926
- Fähnrich: 1 August 1927
- Oberfähnrich: 1 August 1928
- Leutnant: 1 February 1929
- Charakter als Oberleutnant: 31 October 1932
- Oberleutnant: 1 June 1933
- Hauptmann: 1 June 1935
- Major: 1 August 1939 (RDA later changed to 1 February 1939)
- Oberstleutnant: 1 October 1941
- Oberst: 1 March 1943
- Generalmajor: 1 July 1944
1 April 1945 (RDA 30 January 1945)
(Bundeswehr): 2 November 1956
(Bundeswehr): 14 October 1960
(Bundeswehr): 1 January 1964
Commands & Assignments:
April 1925-31 October 1932: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker and later
Squadron Officer in Reiter [Mounted]-Regiment 18.
November 1926-31 July 1927: Detached to the Dresden Infantry School.
November 1927-31 July 1928: Detached to the Hannover Cavalry School.
October 1932: Separated from the Army.
November 1932-30 September 1933: Pilot training at the Braunschweig
Flying School, training at the Air Radio School in Berlin and then to
Lufthansa and the Royal Italian Air Force.
October 1933-31 July 1935: With the Inspectorate of Schools (In 4) in
the Reich Air Ministry (entered the Luftwaffe on 1 May 1934).
May 1934-31 July 1935: At the same time, Adjutant of the Kitzingen Flying
August 1935-31 March 1936: Adjutant of the Magdeburg Flying School.
April 1936-4 October 1936: Adjutant and Chief Personnel Officer (IIa)
on the staff of the Higher Air Commander III, Dresden.
October 1936-21 November 1936: Third Course at Air War School II, Berlin.
November 1936-14 September 1937: Adjutant and Chief Personnel Officer
(IIa) on the staff of the Commander of the Condor Legion in Spain and,
at the same time, Commandant of the Staff Quarters of the Condor Legion.
September 1937-13 January 1938: Staffelkapitän [Squadron Commander]
in Kampfgruppe K 88 of the Condor Legion in Spain.
January 1938-30 June 1938: General Staff training at the Air War Academy,
July 1938-14 June 1939: Operations Officer (Ia) on the staff of the
7. Flieger [Air]-Division (Parachute Troops) commanded by Generalmajor
January 1939-14 December 1940: At the same time, Consultant in the Inspectorate
of Parachute Troops (L In 11)/Reich Air Ministry.
June 1939-14 December 1940: Operations Officer (Ia) on the staff of
the 7. Flieger-Division (Parachute Troops) commanded by Generalleutnant
Kurt Student. [On 14 May 1940, Student was struck in the head
by a stray bullet while in Rotterdam negotiating the Dutch surrender.
The bullet was probably fired by troops of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf
Hitler Regiment. Command of the 7. Flieger-Division
passed to Generalmajor Richard Putzier and then to Generalmajor Wilhelm
Süßmann from 1 October 1940.]
December 1940-6 April 1942: Operations Officer (Ia) in the General Staff
of the XI. Fliegerkorps [Air Corps] commanded by General der Flieger (later Fallschirmtruppe) Kurt Student.
April 1942-1 September 1942: Delegated with the post of Chief of the
General Staff of the XI. Fliegerkorps commanded by General der Fallschirmtruppe Kurt Student.
September 1942-3 October 1943: Chief of the General Staff of the XI.
Fliegerkorps commanded by General der Fallschirmtruppe Kurt Student.
October 1943-31 May 1944: Delegated with the formation and leadership
of the 4. Fallschirm-Jäger [Parachute]-Division. [After undergoing formation
in northern Italy, the 4. Fallschirm-Jäger-Division was committed to
battle containing the Allied beachhead at Anzio-Nettuno in January 1944
as a component of General der Flieger (later Fallschirmtruppe) Alfred
Schlemm’s I. Fallschirm-Korps. The division served in Italy for the
rest of the war seeing action in the areas of Rome, Sienna, Florence,
Rimini, and Bologna. On 3 May 1945, Trettner’s division surrendered
in the vicinity of Vicenza and Bolzano.]
June 1944-3 May 1945: Commander of the 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
May 1945-12 April 1948: Prisoner of war in U.S. and then British captivity.
- 29th July
1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from LDC (London
- 13th August
1946 transferred to LDC from Island Farm Special Camp 11
- 19th August
1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from LDC
- 30th October
1947 transferred to LDC for 30 days inter loan to Dutch - back on
20th December 47
- 6th April
November 1956: Entered the post-World War II German Bundeswehr with
the rank of Generalmajor.
November 1956: Academically Certified Political Economist (Diplom-Volkswirt).
November 1956-14 September 1959: Leader of the Logistics Department
of the NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe, Paris.
September 1959-28 February 1960: At the disposal of the Leader Staff
of the Army/Federal Ministry of Defense, detached for training to the
staff of the III Corps, Koblenz.
March 1960-30 September 1963: Commanding General of the I Corps, Münster.
October 1963-31 December 1963: Detached for training to the Leader Staff
of the Armed Forces/Federal Ministry of Defense.
January 1964-24 August 1966: General Inspector of the Bundeswehr.
August 1966-25 August 1966: On leave.
August 1966: Retired from the Bundeswehr.
Decorations & Awards:
Cross of the Iron Cross: 24 May 1940, Major, Operations Officer (Ia)
of the 7. Flieger-Division.
(No. 586): 17 September 1944, Generalmajor, Commander of the 4. Fallschirmjäger-Division.
Cross, 1st Class (1939): 12 May 1940.
Cross, 2nd Class (1939): 12 May 1940.
Forces Long Service Awards
Spanish Cross in Gold with Swords: 6 June 1939.
Combined Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds
Badge in Black – World War II award: 3 March 1944.
Breast Star to the War Cross: 30 September 1938.
Campaign Medal: 1 December 1938.
Order of the Federal Republic of Germany, Grand Merit Cross with Star
and Shoulder Sash: 18 January 1967.
Legion of Honor, Grand Officer: 31 December 1969.
Royal Victorian Order: 18 May 1965.
Legion of Merit, Commander: 1 November 1964.
Order of the Italian Republic, Grand Officer: 8 August 1965.
Order of George I, Grand Officer: 16 July 1965.
in the Wehrmachtbericht [Armed Forces Communiqué]: 28 June 1944.