SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
PW NO: 560344
CAPTURED: Kraak, Germany
DATE: 2nd May 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 31
PLACE OF BIRTH: Landshut/Bayern
DATE OF DEATH: 13 February
PLACE OF DEATH: Ammerland
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
EYE COLOUR: Blue
NEXT OF KIN: Elisabeth
Jaeger, Ammerland am Starnbergersee Oberbayern (US Zone)
Parents: Major a.D. Friedrich and Charlotte (née Gehring) Leuze.
18 July 1911
8 March 1912
25 October 1913 – Patent 29 October 1912
17 January 1917 – RDA later changed to 18 April 1916 (29)
1 February 1923 (10)
1 May 1933 (4)
1 January 1936 (4)
1 June 1938 (5)
1 April 1942 (54)
July 1911: Entered the Royal Bavarian Army as a Fahnenjunker in the Bavarian
2. schweres Reiter-Regiment Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este.
August 1914: In the field as a Platoon Leader in the Bavarian 2nd Heavy Mounted
April 1915: Transferred to the Bavarian Cavalry Pioneer Detachment.
March 1917-2 February 1919: Adjutant of the Bavarian 2nd Heavy Mounted Regiment.
May 1919-1 June 1920: Commandant of the Headquarters Staff of Group Command
June 1920: Transferred to the 17th (Bavarian) Reiter [Mounted]-Regiment.
November 1922: Infantry School at München.
November 1923: Adjutant of the Commandant of München.
April 1924: Transferred to the 17th (Bavarian) Reiter-Regiment.
October 1924: Squadron Chief in the 8th (Prussian) Reiter-Regiment.
October 1930: Transferred to the 17th (Bavarian) Reiter-Regiment and appointed
the Garrison Senior of Ansbach.
April 1932: While retaining his previous assignment to the 17th (Bavarian)
Reiter-Regiment, appointed the Garrison Senior of Straubing.
- 1 October
1933: Major on the Staff of the 18th Reiter-Regiment.
- 1 October
1934: Adjutant of the General for Special Employment in the Reich Defense
Ministry; renamed the Reich War Ministry on
21 May 1935.
- 1 October
1935: Commander of Panzerjäger-Abteilung [Anti-Tank Battalion] 38.
- 1 October
1936: Commander of Panzerjäger-Abteilung 33.
November 1938: Adjutant of Army Group Command 1; redesignated Army Group North
on 26 August 1939; redesignated Army Group B on 10 October 1939. [Under the
command of Generaloberst Fedor von Bock, Army Group North controlled the 3rd
and 4th Armies, commanded by Generals der Artillerie Georg von Küchler and
Günther von Kluge respectively, during the invasion of Poland in September
1939. Following the campaign, von Bock’s army group transferred to the Western
Front for future German action against France.]
Fedor von Bock pictured in 1941 while commanding Army Group Center in
Russia. Walther Leuze served as von Bock’s adjutant from 1 November 1938-
20 October 1939
- 20 October 1939:
Armed Forces Commandant of Würzburg.
- 1 December 1939:
Commander of Infantry Regiment 343 of the 183rd Infantry Division. [After
undergoing formation at Münsingen, the 183rd Infantry Division,
commanded by Generalmajor Benignus Dippold, was transferred to Army High Command
Reserve at Neckarsulm preparatory to the invasion of France in May 1940. Released
from reserve status by early June 1940, the division took part in the final
German actions in Lorraine as a component of General der Infanterie Ernst
Busch’s 16th Army. Following the Franco-German armistice, the 183rd Infantry
Division was transferred to the Protectorate of Bohemia-Moravia where it served
on garrison duty until May 1941.]
- 1 April 1941-20 April
1942: Commander of Infantry Regiment 687 of the 336th Infantry Division in
France. [Commanded by Generalleutnant Johann Stever (Generalleutnant Walther
Lucht from 1 March 1942), the 336th Infantry Division, headquartered at Le
Havre, served under the 15th Army on occupation and coastal defense duties
- 1 May 1942: Armed
Forces Commandant of Wuppertal.
- 15 February 1943-10
March 1944: Fortress Commandant of Le Havre, France.
- 10 March 1944: Transferred
to Leader Reserve.
- 15 April 1944: Following work in St. Cloud, appointed Field
Commandant 517 in Rouen, France on 6 June 1944.
- 15 August 1944-25
August 1944: Commander of the Rear Army Area of the 5th Panzer Army on the
Western Front. [After taking a severe mauling during the fighting in Normandy
and the subsequent escape from the Falaise pocket in late-August 1944, the
battered remnants of the 5th Panzer Army had withdrawn to the German frontier
by early September.]
- 1 October 1944-2
May 1945: General for Special Employment in Wehrkreis [Military District]
Command III, Berlin.
May 1945-22 May 1948: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 9th January 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 12th May 1948
transferred to Camp 186 for repatriation.
- German Cross in Silver: 30 October 1943, Generalmajor,
Fortress Commandant of Le Havre.
- Prussian Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- Prussian Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
- War Merit Cross, 1st Class with Swords
- War Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Swords
- Bavarian Military Merit Order, 4th Class with Swords
- Saxe-Ernestine Ducal House Order, Knight 2nd Class with
- Hamburg Hanseatic Cross
- Cross of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
- Armed Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
Military Merit Cross, 3rd Class with War Decoration
Badge in Black – World War I award
 Promoted to Generalfeldmarschall on 19 July
1940, Fedor von Bock held various army group-level commands until going
on indefinite sick leave in mid-July 1942. A recipient of the Prussian Pour
le Mérite Order and the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross, von Bock died
in a naval hospital on 4 May 1945 after being mortally wounded the day before
in a low-level air attack near Lensahn, Germany.
 On 9 August 1944, SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer
und Panzer Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Josef “Sepp” Dietrich assumed command
of the 5th Panzer Army from General der Panzertruppe Heinrich Eberbach.
Dietrich, in turn, relinquished command of the army to General der Panzertruppe
Hasso von Manteuffel on 10 September 1944. Generals Eberbach and von Manteuffel
were both held for varying amounts of time as prisoners of war at Island
Farm Special Camp 11.