Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

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Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

Post by Ken S. » 04 Jul 2019 23:28

'Remembered as someone who went against Hitler'

But Hossbach wanted to remember his father in a different way, perhaps as a man who went against the Nazi regime toward the end of the war.

“Hossbach said that his father received an order to fight on the Russian front till the last soldier, but he decided to withdraw with his regiment and disperse it. The day after his father arrived home the Gestapo surrounded the Hossbach family home, and there were exchanges of fire between the soliders and officers from the father’s unit and the German secret police.

"They did not surrender and continued to fight until the American army came. I got the feeling that this is the way he wants to remember his father, as someone who ultimately went against Hitler.”
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Re: Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

Post by ManfredV » 07 Jul 2019 19:27

It was a shoot-out between him alone and four men, a Gestapo man, a SS man and two police men. No other men or "loyal troops". He was warned that he should be arrested and when they ringed at his door, he took his pistol and had this shoot-out. After a while they ran to their car and drove away. Maybe they feared american troops who reached Göttingen the same day. Only one hour later american troops came and took him as POW.

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Re: Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

Post by askropp » 08 Jul 2019 12:05

A garbled and partially absurd story with only a grain of truth in it.
His father received an order to fight on the Russian front till the last soldier, but he decided to withdraw with his regiment and disperse it.
How many full generals do command "regiments"? The last time Hoßbach commanded a regiment was 1941.
The day after his father arrived home the Gestapo surrounded the Hossbach family home.
Hoßbach was fired in January 1945.
There were exchanges of fire between the soldiers from the father’s unit and the secret police.
He had no unit in April 1945, and there was not even a single orderly at his home.

Even the expression "shootout" is doubtlessly exaggerated. Hoßbach went out on his balcony and fired two or three rounds in the general direction of the policemen to show them that he was armed and would resist any attempt to arrest him. I don't know if they fired back. In any case, they deemed it better to stay away from the door, and finally they skedaddled.
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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Re: Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

Post by Ken S. » 14 Jul 2019 04:25

Thank you both for the clarification.

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Re: Shootout between Gestapo and troops loyal to Friedrich Hoßbach?

Post by ManfredV » 15 Jul 2019 18:08

In January 45 Hoßbach was commander of 4. Army at Eastern Front. When Red Army overran and surrounded East Prussia he wanted an outbreak, but Hitler's order was to stay and fight to a man. Hoßbach was fired by Hitler but wasn't arrested. Later he fell ill (ear infection) and came to Göttingen university hospital (the town he lived). One day before american forces reached Göttingen he was sent home. I don't know if he was sane again or if they wanted to get rid of him there. On 8 april just when Göttingen was going to be occupied Gestapo made this "last-minute attempt" to arrest him.

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