Major Birkenbihl

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Major Birkenbihl

Post by CNE503 » 15 May 2019 20:25

Hello,
I'm looking for information about this officer. He was a Major commanding the (Lehr-)Pionier-Bataillon 651 in Romania early April 1941.
Thank you for any help provided.
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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by CNE503 » 17 May 2019 09:40

According to someone that I thank here, he was probably Hans-Erich Birkenbihl, who commanded Pionier-Bataillon 32 in 1939 and finished the war as an Oberst (promoted on June 1st, 1944).

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Oberst Hans Birkenbihl (1899-1948)

Post by askropp » 17 May 2019 13:36

Hans-Erich Heinrich Victor Birkenbihl
*05.04.1899 [Wiesbaden-]Biebrich
+22.12.1948 Loppenhausen / Unterallgäu

Vater: Heinrich Birkenbihl, Lyceallehrer
Mutter: Viktoria Birkenbihl, geb. Berg
[?] 1928 Heirat mit Hedwig Lerch (1904-?)
1 Kind

xx.03.1918 Leutnant
xx.05.1920 Charakter als Oberleutnant [?]
xx.11.1936 Hauptmann (E)
xx.07.1937 Hauptmann mit RDA vom 01.06.1934 (183b)
01.03.1940 Major (75)
01.04.1942 Oberstleutnant (520)
01.07.1944 Oberst mit RDA vom 01.06.1944 (28a)

14.06.1916 eingetreten
xx.xx.191x im Pionierbataillon 27
xx.05.1920 ausgeschieden
xx.11.1936 wieder angestellt im Pionierbataillon 32 (Schwedt)
12.10.1937 Chef der 1. / Pionierbataillon 32 (Schwedt) [laut Stellenbesetzung]
26.08.1939 Kommandeur des Pionierbataillons 651
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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by CNE503 » 17 May 2019 13:59

Excellent as usual, askropp, you confirm it is my man!
Many thanks!

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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by Dave Danner » 02 Feb 2022 04:26

To supplement askropp's post:

16.06.1916 als Fahnenjunker in das Pionier-Bataillon Nr. 27 eingetreten
13.03.1918 Leutnant
- im Felde mit Feldpionier-Kompanie Nr. 27, Pionier-Kompanie Nr. 366, 2. Kompanie des Pionier-Bataillons der Eisernen-Division
25.05.1920 verabschiedet

26.08.1939 Kommandeur des Pionier-Bataillons (mot.) 651
26.01.1943 Kommandeur des Pionier-Regimentsstabes (mot.) 520
01.05.1943 beim Stabe des Generals der Pioniere der Heeresgruppe A
11.11.1944 Armee-Pionierführer in Stabe des Panzerarmeeoberkommandos 1

Auszeichnungen:
24.12.1917 1914 Eisernes Kreuz 2. Klasse
xx.xx.19xx 1914 Eisernes Kreuz 1. Klasse
20.10.1918 Verwundetenabzeichen in schwarz
22.04.1920 Baltenkreuz
20.11.1926 Deutsches Sportabzeichen in Bronze
03.09.1931 Deutsches Sportabzeichen in Silber
03.11.1934 Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
21.09.1935 SA-Sportabzeichen
xx.xx.1936 Wehrmacht (Heer) Dienstauszeichnung 4. Klasse
17.10.1939 1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuze 2. Klasse
23.01.1940 Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938
03.06.1940 1939 Spange zum Eisernen Kreuze 1. Klasse
10.08.1942 Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42"

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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by graveland » 02 Feb 2022 12:31

Thank you, askropp and Dave.

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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by harmel » 25 Jun 2022 19:04

Hi Dave etc. I have a Oberst Walter Birkenbihl -Born 24/2/1891. Died 27/11/40-as Obstlt (1/11/1934) 9c
as Cmdr of 45th Pion Bn.
Oberst (1/8/1937) 13 who served 1X FestungsInspektion based Cologne.
I came across a photo of him from 2013 and like H-E Birkenbihl he too is a recipient of the Baltenkreuz.
Harmel

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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by Dave Danner » 25 Jun 2022 23:57

They were half-brothers. Both were officers in PB 27 in World War I, although Walter was originally commissioned in PB 7.

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Re: Major Birkenbihl

Post by harmel » 26 Jun 2022 00:25

Thanks Dave for quick answer!
Appreciate it!!
Harmel

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