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Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels

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Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels

Postby Dr. Sandy Mitcham on 28 Jan 2009 19:04

Does anyone have any information on what happened to Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels after the war? When did he die?

Also, what did he do to earn the Pour le Merite as a Zepplin commander in 1918? Any info on him before 1939 would also be appreciated.

Thank you in advance,
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Re: Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels

Postby Dieter Zinke on 28 Jan 2009 23:34

You are speaking of two persons:
Horst Freiherr Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels (02.09.1900 - 08.01.1990), deutscher Generalmajor, Mitglied des Oberkommandos der Wehrmacht
Horst Julius Freiherr Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels (* 15. Juni 1885 in Hanau; † 3. September 1962 in Berchtesgaden), deutscher Luftschiffkommandant, 09. 04. 1918 Pour le Mérite.

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Re: Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels

Postby USAF1986 on 28 Jan 2009 23:56

Dr. Mitcham,

Here’s what I have on the Pour le Mérite holder from page 557 of the source cited below:

April 9, 1918
Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels, Freiherr Horst
Kapitänleutnant, Commander, German Zeppelin L-54
Awarded the Pour le Mérite for outstanding leadership and distinguished military planning and successful zeppelin bombing operations. The award was also given in recognition of 15 flights over England including four bombing raids over London. On March 12, 1918, while over Grimsby, England, heavy antiaircraft fire caused the L-54 to lose an engine but Lt. Treusch von Buttlar-Brandenfels successfully brought the crippled airship back to Germany. He received a telegram advising and congratulating him on the award of the Pour le Mérite Order from Emperor Wilhelm II.

If you need more on him, I’d be more than happy to have a look in Douglas Robinson’s The Zeppelin in Combat: A History of the German Naval Airship Division, 1912-1918.

Best regards,
Shawn

SOURCE: Hamelman, William E. The History of the Prussian Pour le Mérite Order, Volume III: 1888-1918. Matthäus Publishers, Dallas, Texas, 1986.
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Re: Maj Gen Baron Horst TREUSCH von Buttlar-Brandenfels

Postby Dr. Sandy Mitcham on 28 Jan 2009 23:59

Thank you, gentlemen! That was a great help!

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