SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
PLEASE NOTE: Every POW who is listed on this web site
has been positively identified using actual evidence. However, unfortunately,
there were two officers during WWII both with the same
rank and name of Generalmajor Walter Bruns! Even though evidence exists to
prove that atleast one GM. Walter Bruns was a POW at Island Farm (see previous
page), it is unconfirmed as to whether this Walter Bruns also was a POW at
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Generalmajor Walter Bruns
DATE: 8 May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 11
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hannover
DATE OF DEATH: 20 February 1967
PLACE OF DEATH: Neckargemünd
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
NEXT OF KIN:
- Charakter als Fähnrich: 19 March 1908
- Fähnrich: 19 November 1908
- Leutnant: 19 August 1909
- Oberleutnant: 22 March 1915 (RDA later changed to 20 June 1918)
- Hauptmann: 15 August 1918 (without Patent)
- Hauptmann: 17 April 1923 (RDA 1 December 1922)
- Major: 1 April 1933
- Oberstleutnant: 1 November 1935
- Oberst: 1 April 1938
- Generalmajor: 1 April 1942
Commands & Assignments:
March 1908: Entered the Army as a Charakter als Fähnrich in 10. Lothringisches
December 1910: Passed into the Reserve.
1914: Military Instructor at the Machinegun Firing School in Buenos
August 1914: Reactivated in the Army and allocated to Fortress Machinegun
September 1914: Transferred to Fortress Machinegun Battalion 3.
June 1915: Allocated to Replacement Fortress Machinegun Battalion 9.
August 1915: Detached to the Machinegun Instruction Course in Döberitz.
August 1915: Leader of the Machinegun Company of Landwehr Infantry Regiment
September 1916: Machinegun Officer on the Staff of Landwehr Infantry
December 1916-24 December 1916: Detached to Mortar Courses with Mortar
September 1917: Detached as an Exchange Officer to the Imperial and
Royal Austro-Hungarian 25th Infantry Division command not begun
due to illness.
October 1917: Placed at the disposal of the General Command of the VII
Army Corps for employment.
April 1918: Allocated to the 3rd Replacement Machinegun Company of the
VII Army Corps.
May 1918: Allocated to Antiaircraft Machinegun Battalion 904.
November 1918: Leader of Antiaircraft Machinegun Battalion 904.
January 1919: Leader of the 2nd Machinegun Company of Guard Reserve
May 1919: Delegated with the leadership of the I. Battalion of Guard
Reserve Regiment 64.
August 1919: Leader of the Machinegun Company of Reichswehr Infantry
November 1919: Leader of the 8th (Machinegun) Company of Reichswehr
Infantry Regiment 15.
October 1920: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 3.
January 1921: Machinegun Officer on the Staff of Infantry Regiment 3.
April 1921: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 3.
October 1921-31 October 1921: Detached as Leader of the Light Machinegun
Course in Deutsch-Eylau.
October 1922: Hauptmann on the Staff of Infantry Regiment 3.
February 1923: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 3.
July 1924: Company Chief in Infantry Regiment 14.
January 1925-29 January 1925: Detached to the Machinegun Course in Kassel.
June 1928-28 June 1928: Detached to the Machinegun Course in Meiningen.
November 1928-18 November 1928: Detached to Gas Protection Course C
April 1929-22 April 1929: Detached to the Heavy Machinegun Course in
April 1932: Welfare Officer on the Staff of the II. Battalion of Infantry
October 1933: Transferred to the staff of the Commandant of Cuxhaven
and detached to the IV. Navy Artillery Battalion, Cuxhaven.
July 1935-25 July 1935: Detached to the Spanish Army, Madrid.
October 1935: Commander of the I. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 26.
October 1937: Commander of the II. Battalion of Infantry Regiment 46.
July 1939: Commander of Infantry Regiment 21 of the 17th Infantry Division.
October 1939: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
October 1939: Military Attaché in Madrid and Lisbon.
October 1941: Army High Command Leader Reserve.
December 1941: Commander of Infantry Regiment 688 of the 337th Infantry
Division command not begun due to illness again in Army
High Command Leader Reserve.
June 1942: Detached to the Higher Field Commandant 570, Gent, Belgium.
June 1942: Higher Field Commandant 570, Gent, Belgium.
June 1944: At the same time, Battle Commandant of Gent, Belgium.
September 1944: Commander of the 89th Infantry Division on the Western
March 1945: In hospital.
May 1945-6 September 1947: Prisoner of war in British captivity. [Per
documents archived in the British Public Records Office, the Belgian
authorities requested the extradition of Generalmajor Bruns from Great
Britain in May 1947 to stand trial for allegedly deporting Belgian civilians
in 1942. Although the British Foreign Office offered no objection to
the Belgian request, it is not known if the extradition actually took
place or if the matter was ultimately dropped.]
Decorations & Awards:
Walter Bruns & Generalfeldmarschall Model (note the crossed
batons on his shoulder strap).