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German Military Attaches in Japan

Post by Peter H » 06 Aug 2007 10:27

Military Attaches
Oberst Gerhard Matzky October 1938-November 1940
Generalleutnant Alfred Kretschmer December 1940-May 1945

Luftwaffe Attache
Generalmajor Wolfgang von Gronau April 1939-January 1945

Kriegsmarine Attaches
Kapitän Paul Wenneker December 1933-August 1937
Kapitän Joachim Lietzmann August 1937-March 1940
Konteradmiral Paul Wenneker March 1940-May 1945

Note Wenneker served twice in this role.


Support Officers for Matzky,1939:

Oberstleutnant Scholl
Hauptmann Dr Fritz-Julius von Petersdorff


Matzky:

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Post by Peter H » 06 Aug 2007 10:30

Luftwaffe Generalmajor Wolfgang von Gronau

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Generalmajor Wolfgang von Gronau served as the Luftwaffe Attaché at the German embassy in Tokyo from 15 April 1939-21 January 1945. Although he was replaced by General der Flieger Ulrich Kessler, von Gronau remained in Japan awaiting transportation home. However, Kessler never made it to Japan as his transport, the submarine U 234 commanded by Kapitänleutnant Johann-Heinrich Fehler, was en route when Germany surrendered. On 15 May 1945, the U 234 surrendered to the destroyer escort USS Sutton (DE-771) and a prize crew took her into Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the meantime, the Japanese interned von Gronau until 16 August 1945 when he passed into American captivity. He was finally released on 30 November 1947.

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Post by Peter H » 06 Aug 2007 10:47

I think this is Fritz-Julius von Petersdorff(left) who visited Singapore with Wenneker in 1942.

Petersdorff held a Phd in Japanese Philosophy

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Post by Gustav_SC » 13 Aug 2007 16:26

I wonder what these guys did outside of their official roles.

Did they go to tea houses and get entertained by geisha-san?

Did they eat Japanese food, or bread and sausages?

Did they enjoy their lives in Japan, or die they pine for home?

I'm sure they had many interesting stories to tell.

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Post by Peter H » 19 Aug 2007 05:36

From: http://gmic.co.uk/index.php?showtopic=21000

German Ambassadors to Japan:

Herber von Dirksen 1933-1938

Major General Eugen Ott 1938-1942
(he was also attache 1934-1938)

Heinrich Geog Stahmer 1942-1945


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Herber von Dirksen

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Post by Lawrence » 20 Aug 2007 14:48

Don't forget Josef Meisinger, the Police Attache, sent to ferret out the spy Richard Sorge and who wound up becoming his drinking partner.

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Post by R Leonard » 20 Aug 2007 19:27

For what it's worth . . .

A USAAF document dated 31 August 1945 lists:

German Personnel in Japan as of VJ-Day

I. German Personnel Who Figured Prominently in Connection with Technical Exchange:

Brinker, Ob. Ing, - - Radar technician from Gema Company. Arrived Far East in 1943 to set up plants in Japan for manufacture of radar equipment.

Foders, Heinrich - - Radar technician from Telefunken Company. Arrived Far East in 1943. Assisted Japanese in Production of Würzburg D.

Gronau, Wolfgang von, Maj.Gen. - - Air Attaché in Tokyo.

Haeberlein, Ob. Ing - - Representative of Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg . Reached Far East in 1943 to assist Japanese in submarine construction.

Hagemann, Hans Heinz - - Junkers representative who arrived in the Far East in 1939 with three other Junkers representatives. Handled liaison between Junkers and Japanese firms.

Kaden, Herbert - - Messerschmitt engineer sent to Japan in 1941.

Krayer, C. Dr. - - For may years representative of Lurgi Gesellschaft fur Warmetechnik in Tokyo.

Kretschmer, Alfred, Col. - - Military Attaché.

Lang, Ob. Ing. - - Engineer from Deschimag sent to assist the Japanese in manufacturing U-boats and marine engines.

Nehmitz, Wilhelm, Air Commmandant, Engineer - - Assistant Air Attaché.

Petersdorff, von, Major - - Assistant Air Attaché.

Pohl - - Mass production engineer form Henschel Company originally charged to instruct Japanese in the Henschel pressure process.

Ruhl, Otto - - I.G. Farben representative in Japan. Scheduled to aid the Japanese in setting up I.G. Farben process for manufacture of synthetic fuels. Had been in Japan for several years.

Schmidt - - Heinkel Company engineer who assisted Japanese designers at Naval Aircraft factories. Was recently to be reported to be building a new aircraft factory by order of Japanese Naval Air Force.

Stahmer, Heinrich G., Dr. - - Ambassador.

Steiker - - Signal apparatus technician. Arrived Far East summer 1943.

Wennecker, Paul, Adm - - Naval Attaché.

Wohlthat, Helmut - - Head of German Economic Mission to Japan. Arrived in Tokyo 26 April 1941.


And

II. German Personnel Thought to be in Japan Whose Services May Have Been Enlisted for Exploitation of German Techniques:

Abel, Wardemann - - Engineer of the German Aeronautical Industry. On 28 August 1940 reported to have returned to Tokyo from a visit to Europe where he inspected GAF activities in Poland and Norway.

Baclz, Erwin Tokonosuke - - Eurasian (Japanese). Arrived in October 1940 to make cultural films. Known to be still in Japan in mid-1941.

Bayer - - Works with Yamamoto Shokai K.K. who import and manufacture textile and other machinery and may import Japanese military requirements (September 40).

Becker, Henry M. - - Precision instruments mechanic, formerly employed by one of the Shell Group Oil Companies. Sailed from U.S. for Japan 29 September 1940.

Bengsch, Gustav - - Chief of Nazi Air Corps. Model Plane Department, Chief Instructor of German State Model Plane School. In May 41 arrived in Japan to demonstrate flying capabilities of German models. Expected to stay for seven weeks. Departure not noted.

Bergmiller, Parziss - - Construction engineer to Avianca. In June 4` was en route to Japan from the U.S.

Beutner - - Representative of I.G. Farben. More than 20 years in Japan.

Brect, Walter - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Cording, Hans - - Director if Nippon Kali Kagaku K.K. (Chemical firm – Agents for Phosphates d’Alsace).

Deck, Ing. - - Daimler Benz engineer Attachéd to Air Attaché's office in Tokyo.

Ehrmann, Kurt - - Representative of I.G. Farben, Tokyo.

Faste, Dietrich, Dr. - - Metallurgic engineer of Krupps Grusonwerk. Arrived in Japan in November 40 from Vladivostok.

Frazen, Kurt - - Civil Engineer. Left U.S. for Japan in April 41.

Freeden, von - - Representative of Roechling, Stahlwerke, A.G.

Fricke, W - - Engineer. Left South America 8 July 1941 for Japan.

Gossler (or Kessler), Dietrich - - Due to sail for Japan from South America in April 41 to be employed as electrical engineer in Manchuria.

Grutley - - Is reported as: ? Explosives expert (12/11/41); ? Agent (3/9/41); ? Having been instructing Japanese in China in use of certain aircraft after working for a U.S. aircraft factory (27 August 1941). Reported back in Shanghai 5 November 1941.

Heckler, Karl - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Heinrich, Walter - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Herzle, Jaochim - - German aviator. On 16 October 1940 reported to have arrived from South America.

Hilgert, Edgar - - German submarine officer. Arrived beginning of October 40 via Siberia en route to Panama. (Departure not noted).

Hinrichsen, Johannes - - Trained electrical engineer specializing in wireless telegraphy. Left U.S. for Japan in April 41.

Hornemann, Rudolf - - Engineer. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Karbar, Friedrich, Dr. - - Noted German metallurgist, director of Kaiser Wilhelm Iron Works. In June 41 was invited to Japan in autumn.

Kaumann, G. - - Chief Engineer of Heinkel Aircraft Company. Arrived in Japan from Shanghai in November 40. In January 41 reported to be going to Manchuria.

Kempin, Richard - - Swiss engineer residing in Yokohoma. 1937/38 Director Oerlikon, Zurich. 1938 - ? in charge of Japanese factories using Oerlikon patents for the manufacture of small arms. (Report dated 11 December 1940.).

Kinze, Victor - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Kreyer, Dr. - - Representative of Roechling Stahlwerke, A.G.

Kurata, Rudolph - - Mechanic. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Lackner, Josef - - Electrician. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Lemke - - Krupp representative in Japan. Went to Shanghai in February 41.

Mand, J. - - Aircraft technician. Reported in November 41 to be employed by Dai Nippon Airways.

Michael, Wilhelm - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Mohr, Bernard - - Director, Siemens-Schuckert Denki K.K., Tokyo.

Mueller - - Ship construction engineer sent to Japan in 1943 to assist the Japanese in U-boat construction.

Nietschke, Gerhard - - Engineer and test polit for Heinkel, Tokyo. Arrived about 10 October 1941.

Noltenius - - Representative of Roechling Stahlwerke, A.G.

Otte, Ernst - - Radio operator. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Otto, Willi - - Electrician. Reported on 22 October 1941 as recently arrived.

Peschunder, Friedrich - - Wireless operator. Reported on 22 October 1941 as recently arrived.

Puziche, Kurt - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Reidel, W. - - Believed to be Lufthansa pilot. Due to arrive in December 40 from South America.

Rippe, Walter - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Schaefer, Kurt - - Connected with Consugerma Company, Kobe, as of September 44.

Schafer, Kurt O. - - Civil Engineer. Left U.S. for Japan in April 41.

Scheuerman, Arno - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Schiffner, Eng - - Submarine expert who reached Far East in summer of 1943. Expert in acoustic equipment.

Schlenk, Herman - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Schmidt, Peter Ob. Ing. - - Representative of Carl Schmidt, Neckarsuls. Arrived Far East 1943.

Schmidt, W., Dr. - - Representative of Deschimag.

Schmidt, Wolfgang - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Schnole, Gerhard - - Representative of I.G. Farben.

Schoening, Paul - - Marine and aircraft engineer. On 12 November 41 was reported to have arrived recently from South America and to be acting as technical advisor to the German Naval Attaché.

Schoot, Fred - - German chemist. In August 40 he left Japan for three months in Shanghai; his return was not noted.

Siefert - - Engineer in Kobe. Head of German-Japanese Industrial Organization.

Singer, Rudolph, Dr. - - Living in Omiya. Understood to be doing important chemical research work for the Japanese government. (Rep. Of 6/11/40).

Stapefeldt, C.H.R. - - Civil engineer. Left U.S. for Japan in April 41.

Stoll, Otto - - Representative of Behler Bros. (October 40).

Tiedemann, H. - - German consulting engineer. Reported in July 40 to be making factory plans for Toyo Aluminum, Mitsubishi, and Sumitomo. He drew the plans of a factory then being built near Shizuoke.

Wacker, Franz - - Due to sail for Japan from South America in April 41 to be employed as electrical engineer in Manchuria.
Weinert, Erhardt - - Engineer. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Weymayr, Friedrich - - Engineer. Left South America for Japan in April 41.

Wickert - - “Radio Attaché” at German Embassy in October 41. Not on the diplomatic list.

Wolff, Herbert von - - Manager of Kobe agency of Christian Poggensee of Hamburg, exporters of machinery, metals and chemicals.

Zenger, Ing. - - Heinkel Engineer working in Air Attaché’s office in Tokyo.


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Re: German Military Attaches in Japan

Post by askropp » 12 Nov 2017 22:32

"BACK TO GERMANY. YOKOHAMA, Aug. 20, 1947. (UP) The army transport General Black sailed today for Germany with 806 diplomatic 'objectionable and unobjectionable' German repatriates. The group included Heinrich Stahmer, former ambassador to Japan, and Gen. Alfred Kretschmer."
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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