SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
PW NO: 18897
CAPTURED: Niederluetzingen, Germany
DATE: 9 March 1945
DATE OF BIRTH: 3
PLACE OF BIRTH: Horst bei Blumenthal/Ostpriegnitz
DATE OF DEATH:
PLACE OF DEATH:
OCCUPATION: Regular Soldier
EYE COLOUR: Blue
NEXT OF KIN: Svea
Viebig, Westfalen, Graefl Haus Bad Driburg (British Zone)
Parents: Rittergutspächter Wilhelm and
Martha (née Pfister) Viebig.
Wife: Married Svea von Krieger on 6 December
1933 – two daughters.
3 September 1916
14 August 1917
1 April 1925
1 April 1933
1 January 1937
1 April 1940
1 February 1942
1 January 1945
Commands & Assignments:
September 1916: Entered the Army as a Fahnenjunker in the Feld-Artillerie-Regiment
General-Feldzeugmeister (1. Brandenburgisches) Nr.3.
December 1918: Transferred to the Processing Office of Field Artillery
February 1919: Transferred to Light Reichswehr Artillery Regiment 3 of
Jan 1921 Transferred to the 4th (Mounted) Battalion of the 3rd (Prussian)
Artillery Regiment upon the formation of the new Reichsheer from the Übergangsheer
or Transitional Army.
March 1930: Detached to the Cavalry School, later transferred.
October 1936: Chief of a mounted artillery battery.
October 1937: Commander of the II. Battalion of Artillery Regiment 23
of the 23rd Infantry Division.
September 1939: Commander of Artillery Regiment 257 of the 257th Infantry
December 1941: Staff Officer for Artillery in the General Staff of the
Army High Command “von Manstein.”
January 1942: Commander of Artillery Regiment 23 of the 23rd Infantry
1942-15 May 1944: Commander of Panzer Artillery Regiment 93 of the 26th
Panzer Division in Belgium, France and Italy.
May 1944: Transferred to the Army High Command Leader in Wehrkreis III.
August 1944: Delegated with the leadership of the 277th Volksgrenadier
Division on the Western Front. [In December 1944, Oberst Viebig’s division
took part in the German Ardennes Offensive, better known as the Battle
of the Bulge. A weak unit with few veteran officers or non-commissioned
officers, the 277th Volksgrenadier Division attacked American positions
at Krinkelt-Rocherath in front of the Elsenborn Ridge on the morning of
16 December 1944. Tasked with opening a route for the SS panzers to exploit,
the division suffered heavy losses trying to dislodge the stubborn American
defenders. Despite determined attacks by Viebig’s division supported by
the 12th SS-Panzer Division “Hitler Jugend,” the Germans never captured
or outflanked the vital Elsenborn Ridge.]
January 1945-7 March 1945: Commander of the 277th Volksgrenadier Division
on the Western Front.
March 1945-17 May 1948: Prisoner of war in British captivity.
- 24 April 1945 transferred to Trent Park Camp 11 sorting camp.
- 23 July 1946
transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 300
- 13 May 1948
transferred to Camp 186 for repatriation.
1948-1951: Riding Instructor with the Royal Horse Guards of the British
occupation army in Germany.
1952: Trained the military riders of the German Olympic Committee at Warendorf.
1 April 1953: Director of the stables at Warendorf.
Decorations & Awards (included):
Cross in Gold: 25 January 1942, Oberst, Commander of Artillery Regiment
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914) with 1939 Bar
Merit Cross for Distinction in War, 2nd Class
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Awards