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Two Unknown Generals at Charleroi, 1 April 1944

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Two Unknown Generals at Charleroi, 1 April 1944

Postby USAF1986 on 28 Jun 2003 18:11

Here are two unnamed generals I’ve long puzzled over. These photos were taken on 1 April 1944 in front of the town hall at Charleroi, Belgium during the “return home march” of the Sturnbrigade Wallonien. The two unnamed army generals are among those gathered for the march-past and the subsequent ceremony in which “Sepp” Dietrich awarded the Oakleaves to Leon Degrelle.

I surmise the army general talking to Fritz Witt is wearing the DKiS as he has the KVKI with Swords and no 1939 Bar to his EKI. The second army general appears to be displaying the Croat Order of the Crown of King Zvonimir, 1st Class with Star. Any ideas as to their identity? Perhaps, they might be officers of a local corps or Oberfeldkommandantur/Feldkommandantur?

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Postby USAF1986 on 28 Jun 2003 18:13

Unknown general 2...
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Postby Georges JEROME on 28 Jun 2003 19:12

The General next to Witt is
General Eggert Reeder Militarverwaltungchef next to Militar befehlshaber in Belgium u Nordfrankreich

former Regierungsprasident Dusseldorf


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Postby J.N. Houterman on 28 Jun 2003 19:19

It wouldn't surprise me if our "unknown2" general is:

Generalleutnant Emil Zellner

And why? The nearest Oberfeldkommandantur was OFK 520 at Mons. From 15 Febr. 1944 to 20 Apr. 1944 Zellner ruled there. Before that appointment he had been commander of the 373rd (Croatian) Infantry Division. Could explain the decoration...

I've never seen a portrait of him, so can't confirm the identity.

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Postby J.N. Houterman on 28 Jun 2003 19:29

And as to the other one, two pictures to compare:

Militärverwaltungschef Eggert Hans Reeder
(22.07.1894 - 22.11.1959)

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Postby USAF1986 on 28 Jun 2003 19:29

Georges,

Thanks! For those interested, Scheibert lists Mil. Verw.Chef Eggert Reeder receiving the DKiS on 17 August 1943.

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Postby USAF1986 on 28 Jun 2003 19:35

Hans,

Excellent deduction! Perhaps Glenn might have a photo of Zellner for comparison as he was a former A-H/Federal Austrian officer.

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Postby VJK on 28 Jun 2003 19:44

Hi!

I have a question regarding Eggert Reeder, which has puzzled me for some time, but this topic has highlighted it. He was an SS Gruppenfuehrer, yet all pics show him wearing a Heer uniform, and almost all references on the net are to General rather than Gruf. Reeder. Did he hold a Wehrmacht rank, and if so, which?

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Postby Georges JEROME on 28 Jun 2003 21:00

Eggert Reeder joined SS as high civil servant (he was a former District President of Dusseldorf)
he rose to the rank of Gruppenführer der Allgemeine SS (honorary)

enlisted during the war he served as Militarverwaltungschef with equivalent rank of a generalleutnant
in the branch of "Heeresverwaltungsführer"

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