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Albrecht Reinecke

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Albrecht Reinecke (* 3 June 1871 in Osnabrück; † 16 February 1943 in Berlin-Lichterfelde)[1][2] was a German officer, lastly Major General of the Reichswehr.

Life

He was the son of Privy Councillor Philipp Reinecke (1819-1894) and his wife Bertha, née Pagenstecher (1836-1910).[1]

Reinecke received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Prussian Army on 16 September 1885.[3] In 1900/01 he took part in the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion in China. Here he got to know Wilhelm Faupel.

From 1906 to 1910 he was a military instructor at the Argentine War Academy.

With the outbreak of World War I, Reinecke moved into the field as a lieutenant colonel on the staff of the 1st Westphalian Field Artillery Regiment No. 7 on the Western Front.[4] In the further course of the war he was promoted to colonel on October 5, 1916[3] and later served as artillery commander No. 100 with the 13th Reserve Division. For his service, Reinecke was awarded both classes of the Iron Cross, the Order of the Crown IV. Class with swords, the Knight’s Cross of the Royal House Order of Hohenzollern with swords, the Bavarian Military Order of Merit IV. Class with swords and crown as well as the Knight’s Cross I. Class of the Order of Albrecht with swords.[5]

After the end of the war, Reinecke joined the Reichswehr and was commander of the 5th Artillery Regiment in Ulm from April 1, 1923 to December 31, 1925, after which he retired from active military service with the rank of Major General.

From 1936 to 1938 he served as acting director of the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin.[6] He died on 16 February 1943 in Berlin-Lichterfelde, where he had lived for years.

Reinecke married his second cousin Bertha Pagenstecher (1887-1921) in 1911 in his first marriage and was thus brother-in-law of the later Generaloberst Ludwig Beck.[7] From this marriage came three children, Elisabeth (1913-1945), Gustav (1921-1944) and Renate (1925-1945). After the death of his first wife, he was married in a second marriage in 1930 to Gertrude Heine (1887-1945). His son was killed as a captain and battery commander on the Eastern Front in 1944; his second wife and two daughters died during the Battle of Berlin in late April 1945.[2]

Individual references

  1. a b Herrmann A. L. Degener: Who is it? Vol. 9/1928, Leipzig 1928, p. 1248.
  2. a b Deutsches Geschlechterbuch Volume 135, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg (Lahn) 1965, p. 394.
  3. a b Ranking List of Officers of the Royal Prussian Army and the XIII (Royal Württemberg) Army Corps 1917. Ed.: Ministry of War. Ernst Siegfried Mittler & Son. Berlin 1917. p. 152.
  4. Honorary rank list of the former German Army. Published by: Deutscher Offizier-Bund. E.S. Mittler & Son. Berlin 1926. p. 477.
  5. Ranking List of the German Imperial Army. Published by the Reichswehr Ministry. Mittler & Sohn Publishers. Berlin 1925. p. 112.
  6. An Institute and its General. Wilhelm Faupel and the Ibero-American Institute during the National Socialist era. Frankfurt am Main 2003. pp. 597-598.
  7. Klaus-Jürgen Müller: Generaloberst Ludwig Beck. A Biography. Schöningh, Paderborn 2008. ISBN 978-3-506-72874-6, p. 565