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May 12nd, 1945   
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In the course of May 12, the troops of the LENINGRAD Front continued receiving the formations and units of the German Army Group Kurland that had capitulated. On May 9-12, 140,408 Nazi men and non-commissioned officers, 5,083 officers and 28 generals, surrendered.

Among the generals taken prisoner were, apart from those announced earlier: Lieutenant-General Ferch, Chief of Staff of the German Army Group Kurland; General of Artillery Herzog, Commander of the 38th Army Corps; Lieutenant-General Usinger, Commander of the 1st Army Corps; General of Artillery Tomaschny, Commander of the 10th Army Corps; Major-General Gise, Commander of the 205th Infantry Division; Major-General Demme, Commander of the 132nd Infantry Division; Major-General Risse, Commander of the 225th Infantry Division; Major-General  Ebert, Commander of the  300th Infantry Division;  Lieutenant-General  Benzeweni, Commander of the 81st Infantry Division; Lieutenant-General  Weber,  Commander of the 16th Army Corps;  Major-General Bauer, Commander of the 207th Guard Division; Lieutenant-General Band, Commander of the Kurland Fortified Area; Major-General Muller, commandant of the city of LIBAVA;  Major-General Rauser, Chief of Logistics of the Army Group Kurland; Lieutenant-General Keler,  chief of the veterinary service of the Army Group Kurland. In this period, the following trophies were received and registered: 75 aircraft; 307 tanks and self-propelled guns; 1,427 guns; 557 mortars; 3,879 machineguns; 52,887 rifles and submachine-guns; 219 armored personnel carriers; 310 radio stations; 4,281 motor vehicles; 240 tractors, 3,442 carts loaded with military cargoes, 14,056 horses.

In the mouth of the VISTULA river east of DANZIG, on the PUTZIGER NEHRUNG Spit northeast of GDYNYA and on the BORNHOLM island, the troops of the 2nd BELARUSSIAN Front were finishing the reception of the German troops that had capitulated. On May 9-12, 59,106 men and non-commissioned officers, 1,728 officers and 12 generals surrendered. Among the generals taken prisoner were, apart from those announced earlier: Major-General Macher, Chief of Staff of the German 2nd Army; Lieutenant-General Noack, chief of the army courses of the 2nd army; General of Infantry Schpeck, Commander of the 20th Army Corps; Major-General Grotten, Deputy Commander of the 203rd Infantry Division.

In the areas seized in Czechoslovakia and Austria, the troops of the 1st, 4th, 2nd and 3rd UKRAINIAN fronts were mopping up scattered German detachments from the group of troops of General-Fieldmarshal Scherner and Colonel-General Wehler.

On May 9-12, the troops of the 1st UKRAINIAN Front took over 168,000 Nazi men and officers and seven generals, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner. Among the generals taken prisoner were, apart from those announced earlier: Lieutenant-General Bardin, chief of the engineering corps of the 4th Tank Army; General (medical service) Janzon; Lieutenant-General Hitzgehr, general for special missions at the Protectorate of Czechia and Moravia.

On May 9-12, the troops of the 4th UKRAINIAN Front took over 56,280 Nazi men and officers, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner.

On May 9-12, the troops of the 2nd UKRAINIAN Front took over 135,000 Nazi men and officers and eight generals, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner.

Among those taken prisoner were Lieutenant-General Lesier, Commander of the 49th Mountain Corps; Lieutenant-General Schmidt, Commander of the 72nd Army Corps; Lieutenant-General Waldenfels, Commander of the 6th Tank Division; Major-General Rerner, Commander of the 76th Infantry Division; Major-General Gillian, Commander of the 320th Infantry Division; Major-General Gerlach, Chief of Staff of the 4th Military District; Major-General Nichus, commandant of aerodrome servicing. In this period, the troops of the front captured the following trophies: 50 aircraft; 291 tanks and self-propelled guns; 658 guns; 269 armored personnel carriers; 2,100 vehicles.

On May 9-12, the troops of the 3rd UKRAINIAN Front took over 114,766 Nazi men and officers and five generals, surrendering in a disorderly manner, prisoner.

So, on May 9-12, over 700,000 Nazi men and officers and 63 generals, including a group of Nazi men and officers that completed surrender to the troops of the 3rd BELARUSSIAN Front on May 11, were taken prisoner on all fronts.

 

from "RIA Novosti" archives


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