SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
profile is based on a copy of Generalmajor Voß’ microfilmed service record
housed at the United States National Archives and Records Administration in
Erich Arnold Paul Karl Voß
PW NO: A967242
DATE: 4 May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 13
PLACE OF BIRTH: Köln am Rhein/Prussia
DATE OF DEATH:
PLACE OF DEATH:
RELIGION: Roman Catholic
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
EYE COLOUR: Blue Grey
NEXT OF KIN: Antonie
Voss, Koeln, Nippes (British Zone)
Parents: Fritz and
Erika (née Legnis) Voß. The elder Voß, a machine manufacturer, died on 6
February 1911 in Köln.
Wife: Married Antonie
Gamersbach (born 28 October 1898) on 29 August 1925 in Köln – one daughter.
15 March 1910
31 August 1910
16 November 1910
15 August 1911 (Patent 28 August 1909)
18 August 1915
18 August 1918 (10)
1 October 1931 (6)
1 October 1934 (9)
20 April 1937 (RDA 1 April 1937 (9))
1 June 1942 (20)
March 1910: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker in Telegraph Battalion 1,
October 1910-1 July 1911: Detached to the Engers War School.
October 1913: Transferred to Fortress Telephone Company 1, Thorn.
July 1915: Leader of the Telephone Platoon of the 35th Reserve Division
(later Telephone Platoon 632 of the Beskiden Corps).
January 1916: Transferred to Telegraph Battalion 1.
May 1916: Transferred to Telegraph Battalion 6.
November 1916: Leader of Telephone Double Platoon 301 (later Telephone Double
1917: Transferred to the 12th Infantry Division (later Reichswehr-Brigade
8) as Commander of the Signals Troops.
1917-July 1917: Detached to the Army Signals School at Namur.
1918: Detached to the Leader Course
- 27-29 June 1918: Detached to the Antenna Course at
- 1918-1919: Leader of the Signals Battalion of Reichswehr-Brigade
- September 1919: Leader of Brigade Telephone Battalion
October 1919: Transferred to the staff of Reichswehr-Brigade 4 as the Signals
1920: Detached as Brigade Signals Commander to Reichswehr-Brigade 11 at
May 1920: Leader of Brigade Telephone Battalion 120.
September 1920: Leader of the 2nd Company of Reichswehr Brigade Signals
January 1921: Transferred to the 1st (Prussian) Signals Battalion as a Company
Chief upon the formation of the new Reichsheer from the Übergangsheer or
February 1922: Transferred to the staff of the Fortress Commandant of Königsberg
as the Fortress Signals Officer.
February 1924-31 March 1924: Detached to the Course for Senior Signals Officers
May 1924: Detached to the Inspectorate of Weapons and Equipment/Reich Defense
June 1924: Transferred to the Inspectorate of Weapons and Equipment/Reich
October 1927: Hauptmann on the Staff and Welfare Officer of the 2nd (Prussian)
Signals Battalion, Stettin.
April 1931: Transferred to the staff of the 2nd Cavalry Division, Breslau.
October 1934: Commander of Signals Battalion “Breslau.”
October 1935: Commander of Signals Troops VIII.
May 1936: Authorized to carry the Uniform of Signals Battalion 8.
April 1937: Commander of Signals Equipment Inspectorate 3.
August 1939-25 October 1939: Field Signals Commandant 3.
October 1939-31 March 1940: Signals Leader of Border District Command Center.
April 1940-24 April 1942: Commander of Signals Troops VIII.
April 1942-8 May 1945: Commander of the Prisoner of War Camps in Wehrkreis
[Military District] IX, Kassel. [An officer evaluation dated 1 March 1944
prepared by General der Infanterie Otto Schellert, the Deputy Commanding
General of the IX Army Corps and Commander of Wehrkreis IX, and endorsed
by Generaloberst Friedrich (Fritz) Fromm, the Chief of Army Armaments and
Commander of the Replacement Army, assessed Voß’ professional and personal
qualifications: Simple, humorous and
vivacious personality, active and lively. Proven in the Polish Campaign
as a signals commandant. Understands his duties, sets high demands of his
subordinates, leads his command with determination. Mentally agile, physically
fully efficient. While Schellert observed his subordinate was resolute
and energetic as well as a good companion possessed of a strong sense for
the practical, he noted he was occasionally somewhat talkative and prone
to letting go!]
August 1942-9 September 1942: Detached to a course for prisoner of war affairs
May 1945-17 May 1948: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 9 January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 9 April 1946
transferred to LDC (London District Cage) from Island Farm Special Camp
- 16 April 1946
transferred from Island Farm Special Camp 11 to LDC
- 12 May 1948 transferred
to Camp 186 for repatriation.
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914): 26 November 1917.
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914): 26 October 1914.
Merit Cross, 1st Class with Swords: 1 September 1942.
Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Swords: 10 June 1940.
Lifesaving Medal: 4 June 1926.
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918: 20 December 1934.
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross): 2 October
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal): 2 October
Military Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration: 18 January 1918.
War Commemorative Medal with Swords: 1 November 1935.
Generalmajor Voß’ World War I Combat Service Record:
Eastern Front, 1914-1917
October 1917: Deployment behind the Isonzo, Italy.
October 1917: Positional combat on the Isonzo, Italy.
October 1917: Breakthrough in the Julian Alps, Italy (Battle of Caporetto
or the 12th Battle of the Isonzo).
October 1917-3 November 1917: Battle of Udine, Italy.
November 1917: Engagement at Bonzicco, Italy.
November 1917: Pursuit from the Tagliamento to the Piave, Italy.
November 1917-7 December 1917: Positional combat on the lower Piave, Italy.
Western Front, 1918