Eugen Meindl Generalmajor (1892 – 1951)

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Eugen Meindl Generalmajor (1892 – 1951)
Eugen Meindl Generalmajor (1892 – 1951)

Eugen Meindl (16 July 1892 – 24 January 1951) was a highly decorated German Fallschirmjäger and general during World War II.

Eugen Meindl was born in Donaueschingen. He served with the artillery  from July 27, 1912. In World War I he commanded a platoon and later a  battery and subsequently served as adjutant with the 67th Artillery  Regiment and with the Artillery Commander, 52nd Corps.

Meindl served with various artillery units in the Reichswehr. Promoted to Hauptmann on August 1, 1924, he was assigned to the Reichwehr Ministry on September 14, 1926 and spent the ten years there before being promoted to Major.

On November 10, 1939  Oberstleutnant Meindl was named commander of the 112th Mountain  Artillery Regiment in Graz. As an Oberst he led the “Meindl Group” and
made his very first parachute jump at Narvik. His transfer to the  Luftwaffe followed on November 28, 1940, even though he had been commander of the “Assault Regiment Meindl” of the parachute troops since August 9.

The airborne invasion of Crete saw Meindl jump near the Platanias  Bridge, where he was shot through the chest. Major Edgar Stentzler led  the regiment until Oberst Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke arrived.

On February 26, 1942 Generalmajor Meindl became commander of the newly formed Luftwaffe Division Meindl in Russia and on September 26 he took  over XIII. Fliegerkorps (later I Luftwaffe Field Corps).

Meindl distinguished himself in the winter fighting in Russia, was named in the Wehrmachtbericht and on November 5, 1943 was promoted to commanding general of II Parachute Corps, which he led in the west on the invasion front and later at Cleve and in the Reichswald. Meindl’s corps fought with distinction at Goch and in the Wesel bridgehead. Meindl was taken prisoner and held until September 29, 1947. He died in Munich.

Photo By Bundesarchiv